Canada extends Iraq and Ukraine military missions

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada is extending its military missions in Ukraine and Iraq.

Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday the mission of about 200 Canadian Forces personnel in Ukraine will be extended through March 2022.

Canada has helped train Ukraine's military, which is battling Russian-backed separatist forces.

Canada will also extend its contribution to the Global Coalition Against Daesh and the NATO mission in Iraq until the end of March 2021.

Canada has about 500 military members in Iraq, including 200 who are part of a NATO training mission and 120 special forces who have been helping Iraqi forces root out Islamic State insurgents around the northern city of Mosul.

Both missions were due to expire at the end of the month.