Iraqi government forces rest after they claimed they have gained complete control of the Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on January 26, 2015 near the town of Muqdadiyah. AFP PHOTO / YOUNIS AL-BAYATI
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Canadian special forces have twice exchanged gunfire with Islamic State fighters in Iraq since the first confirmed ground battle between Western troops and IS earlier this month, a senior officer said Monday.Canada's opposition leader accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of having lied when he promised no ground combat alongside coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group.Canada sent 69 special forces to train Iraqis, and some 600 air crew and other military personnel -- as well as six fighter jets and other military aircraft -- to the region in November to participate in air strikes.
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