Canada is poised to go to war in Iraq, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce plans in Parliament today to send CF-18 fighter jets to battle Islamic extremists, writes the Ottawa Citizen’s Mark Kennedy.

More from his article from this morning:

In his address to the House of Commons, Harper will outline the rationale for why Canada needs to join other countries in a combat mission against ISIL.

Up to six CF-18s will join the fray over Iraq in the coming days. In addition, Canada plans to send surveillance aircraft and refuelling tanks as part of the mission — which, until now, had only involved non-combat Canadian military advisers. […]