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Canadian military resumes some operations in Iraq following Iran scare

The Canadian military is resuming some operations in Iraq following a temporary suspension of activities last week.

DND says some of the estimated 200 Canadian special forces in Iraq have started working again

A Canadian Forces soldier walks towards a Griffon helicopter near Erbil in northern Iraq in 2016. An airbase in Erbil used by Canadian Forces and other members of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS came under missile attack from Iran last week, along with another base near Baghdad. (Murray Brewster/CBC)

The Canadian military is resuming some operations in Iraq following a temporary suspension of activities last week.

Brig.-Gen. Michel-Henri St-Louis said the military is again flying transport aircraft in and out of Iraq to supply troops.

St-Louis Is the commander of Joint Task Force Impact, which oversees many of Canada's anti-ISIS efforts in Iraq and the surrounding region.

He told The Canadian Press the military also recently swapped out some of its helicopters that were in the country and due for replacement because of wear and tear.

The Department of National Defence also said some of the estimated 200 Canadian special forces in the north of the country have started working again, though it did not provide further details.

As for the 200 Canadian soldiers helping train Iraqi soldiers to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, they remain largely hunkered down on Iraqi bases, where they have been since their activities were suspended last week.

The suspension followed concerns about escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S., stoking fears of an Iranian attack.

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