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An Abacus Data poll conducted earlier this month showed 83% of Canadians said they were "proud of the Canadians who fought and served our country in Afghanistan." Yet that same poll Converse High Tops Womens Grey
Our flag was lowered in Kabul a few weeks ago and the final rotation of soldiers arrived back in Canada on March 18, but today is the official end.
As the mission concludes Harper is sure the effort was worthwhile, pointing to the "tremendous professional lessons" the military has learned, the humanitarian aid delivered, the schools built, the changes in agriculture and government brought to the Afghan people.
That, my friends, is a long war.
In total 40,026 soldiers, sailors and air force personnel participated in the mission. Now they are all home and I couldn't be happier.
"This is when the mission in a sense really got complex for us, because we took over essentially command in the single most difficult province in Afghanistan," Harper said.
OTTAWA Canada's mission to Afghanistan is officially over today.
Canadians are unsure of whether the mission was worth it though.
Harper looks back on Afghan mission
It was Chretien who committed Canadian troops to the mission in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and Martin who boosted Canada's role by committing to send troops into the deadly Kandahar district in late 2005 just before he lost power.
told me as we sat in his Centre Block office.
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It's a long way from Oct. 9, 2001, when HMCS Halifax was directed to head for the Arabian Sea as part of Canada's counterterrorism efforts. Canadian soldiers were on the ground early in Afghanistan, fighting inside American units they were stationed with. By February 2002 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was assembling a major presence in the fight against the Taliban.
It was in Kandahar the casualties began to mount and support for the mission began to wane. Canadians, long used to viewing our military as a peacekeeping force were not used to our troops being at the pointy end of the spear.
The PM is up front in saying Canada didn't have the right equipment and were not ready for the mission Martin had committed us to.
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"This is a country that it is another age removed from us in terms of where living standards and technology and everything are at," Harper said.
expect Afghanistan to turn into Canada overnight, or even in a decade.
My oldest son turns 14 in a few weeks, but he was just six months old when our first troops headed over. My other three children have only lived at a time when Canada was at war and meant their relatives were often overseas and facing danger.
showed that 79% felt "Very little has really been gained for all causalities and money spent fighting the war in Afghanistan."
"It has achieved its central objective," Harper said, pointing out that Afghanistan is no longer a security threat, or a staging ground for international terrorism.
Until January 2006, Canadians had mainly been stationed near Kabul, it was safer. Harper won the election in late January and took office in February.
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