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Lee Berthiaume

Iraq mission being extended to 2019

OTTAWA—The federal government has ordered the military to stay in Iraq for at least two more years as the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prepares to enter a new phase.

But despite a request from NATO for police trainers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there are “absolutely no plans” to send Canadian troops back into Afghanistan.

Military has expanded footprint in Ukraine

OTTAWA—The military quietly has expanded its footprint in Ukraine, giving commanders free rein to send their troops anywhere—except where they might run into Russian forces or separatist rebels.

Canada first deployed about 200 troops to Ukraine in the summer of 2015 to help train government forces in their fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

Hundreds more soldiers to help with flood relief

OTTAWA—The military is deploying hundreds of additional soldiers to help with flood-relief efforts in Quebec—even as the federal government warns about more flooding in British Columbia.

The extra help to Quebec comes as water levels have started to recede in many parts of the province, where more than 2,700 people were forced from their homes over the past week.