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Canada's 12-year mission in Afghanistan coming to an end

The Canadian flag in Kabul will be lowered today, and remaining soldiers return home by the end of the week

(TOMAS MUNITA / The Associated Press)

A bout of brutal reflection will follow in the wake of the withdrawal of Canadian and eventually all NATO troops from Afghanistan.

Canada's flag comes down in Kabul today, ending a 12-year military mission in Afghanistan.
    
The last Canadian troops will leave the war-torn country before the week is over.
    
The soldiers have been training Afghan forces since Canada's combat mission ended in 2011.
    
Graeme Smith, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, says the departure of almost all NATO troops this year means Afghan forces will fight on alone. But he says they will still need significant financial backing from the West
    
Smith says western forces are leaving a security, economic and humanitarian mess.
    
Britain's top military commander says the departure of the last Canadian troops from Afghanistan will no doubt prompt a lot of reflection.

But General Sir Nick Houghton, whose troops will stay until the end of the year, says no one should rush to judgment. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Houghton said the objective of expelling al-Qaida was achieved, but the public narrative was hijacked towards nation-building. He says that's where it becomes less clear cut.

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  1. HP posted on 03/12/2014 08:10 AM
    158 dead Canadians...a high price we paid so that Harper could kiss Bush's butt to get America to drop the 15% tariff and get us to sell our softwood lumber to them again. At least Cretien kept us out of Iraq.
    1. Mark7 posted on 03/12/2014 11:23 AM
      @HP Yes, Cretien did more damage to Canada than Harper ever could.
    2. Mark7 posted on 03/12/2014 11:28 AM
      @HP Cretien's epitath wll read "the little guy from Shawinigan who SCREWED Canada over royally". How dare you mention this idiot and give him praise over Harper! Add to that the fact he was a criminal Fiberal!

      ps...Cretien's politics killed more Canadians prematurely than Harper's decision to send troops over...
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