Canada Preparing to Send Jets to Combat Islamic State

Although government has yet to make a formal decision, CBC reports Prime Minister Harper will make announcement Friday about Canada's intentions.

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, October 1, 2014.
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, October 1, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to announce on Friday that his country will supply military jet to join the U.S.-led mission against the Islamic State, according to reports in the Canadian media.

Harper is looking to send CF-18 fighter jets and CC-150 refueling planes, even though his government has yet to make a formal decision, the CBC reported Thursday.

The prime minister will make his announcement Friday about Canada's Middle East plans, a day before the end of the initial 30-day deployment of advisers, according to the CBC. Harper told the Canadian parliament on Wednesday that Canada has 26 soldiers in Iraq, but that the number could rise, though not more than the 69 soldiers the government initially agreed to send to cope with the current crisis.

Harper was unequivocal Wednesday about the need to be involved.

"The government and most Canadians have judged that the situation in that part of the world is very serious,'' he said. "And if it's allowed to continue and to fester it represents a very serious danger to the national security of this country. We will work with our partners around the world to minimize those threats to Canadians."

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