AP INTERVIEW: Canada's top diplomat says country has no plans to expand IS campaign to Syria

Canada's foreign minister says his country has no plans to follow its neighbor the United States in expanding airstrikes against the Islamic State group into Syria.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday in the Gulf nation of Bahrain, Foreign Minister John Baird said Canada is focused on its current mission against the extremist group in Iraq for now.

Canadian warplanes taking part in the U.S.-led bombing campaign launched their first airstrikes against militants last month with strikes on targets in the vicinity of the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Canada has deployed six CF-18s along with a C-150 Polaris and two CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft as its contribution to the bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, which has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria.