OTTAWA – Canadian warplanes conducted a humanitarian escort flight into Iraq, but the military is refusing to say how many were involved, where it took place, when it happened – or who it benefited.
It is just the latest episode in an increasing level of secrecy that’s building around the country’s combat mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
Col. Dan Constable, the country’s task force commander for the Iraq mission, confirmed that CF-18s have conducted no air strikes in the last week, but said the jets did provide cover for another nation’s unarmed cargo aircraft, which conducted an airdrop of relief supplies.
He says since another country was involved and there was the possibility the planes might return to the area, details are considered a matter of operational security.
“The presence of our CF-18s to provide top cover for the transport aircraft, allowed it to deliver…
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