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Trudeau says Canada will increase Iraqi trainers, fight climate change with Obama

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015

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MANILA, Philippines – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will increase its number of ground troops in Iraq to train local forces as a way of making a bigger military contribution to the coalition fighting Islamic militants.

Trudeau talked about the plan during a wide-ranging, 20-minute press conference aboard his Canadian Forces airliner, several hours before it touched down in the Philippine capital of Manila on Tuesday night for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.

Trudeau said Canada will have to increase the number of Canadian Forces trainers in Iraq, which currently stands at 69.

He said he has told Canada’s allies it will make a bigger military contribution to the fight against Islamic militants after he ends the air combat mission of Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets in the U.S.-led coalition that is bombing targets in Iraq and Syria.

Trudeau said he’s looking forward to a key meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Manila because the two have a lot in common on the fight against terrorism and on climate change.

Trudeau made his international debut as prime minister earlier in the week at the G20 summit in Turkey.

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