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Canada ends Afghanistan mission after 12 years

The Canadian force of up to 2,500 soldiers was at one time the fourth-largest international contingent in the war-torn country.

Source : Presstv / 14 Mar 2014

Canada has ended its military participation in Afghanistan after 12 years, with the last of the country’s troops scheduled to leave Kabul in the next few days.

On Wednesday, the Canadian flag was lowered at the Kabul headquarters of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), DPA reported.

Broadcaster CTV reported that the last 100 Canadian soldiers were scheduled to leave the Afghan capital in the next few days.

The Canadian force of up to 2,500 soldiers was at one time the fourth-largest international contingent in the war-torn country.

The country suffered 158 fatalities in the conflict.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of the so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.

In early February, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that he "saw no good" in the US presence in Afghanistan, noting that the US-led NATO mission has failed to bring security.

The Afghan president also warned that he will not allow continued foreign presence if it means more bombs and civilian killings.

 

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