The Canadian government said Friday it would send members of the country’s armed forces to Iraq to help advise Baghdad on how best to combat the threat posed by Islamic State fighters.

In a statement, Canadian Prime Minister¬†Stephen Harper¬†said “several dozen members” of Canada’s military will be deployed to Iraq to provide strategic and tactical advice to Iraqi forces. A government official later said the number of Canadian personnel could range between 50 and 100.

Mr. Harper told reporters in Wales, where he is attending a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, that Canadian personnel would be deployed for an initial 30 days, and would be reassessed after that time. […]