Canada conducted its first airstrike in Syria on Wednesday, after its government voted last week to expand its mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and extend it for another year.

“This first airstrike under the expanded mandate demonstrates our Government’s firm resolve to tackle the threat of terrorism against Canada and to promote international security and stability,” said Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney in a statement.

The strike was conducted by two Canadian CF-18 Hornets, using precision guided munitions, against an ISIS garrison near Ar-Raqqah. A total of 10 coalition aircraft, including six from the U.S., were involved in the strike, according to Canada’s Department of National Defence. […]