Canada In Afghanistan

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Canada In Afghanistan

  1. 1. Canada in Afghanistan January 15, 2008
  2. 2. After 9/11 <ul><li>US leads an international effort to overthrow the Taliban and al-Qaeda </li></ul><ul><li>Remnants of the Taliban withdraw to southern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan </li></ul><ul><li>International forces, including Canada, remain in the country to assist its government </li></ul>
  3. 3. Canada’s role up to 2005 <ul><li>After the initial invasion, Canadian forces participating but not in major action </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly based around Kabul, providing assistance to civilian infrastructure such as well-digging and repair of local buildings </li></ul>
  4. 4. Move to Kandahar <ul><li>In 2005 the Liberal government agrees to a new mission for the Canadian forces </li></ul><ul><li>2300 troops are sent to Kandahar </li></ul><ul><li>The mission starts in 2006, just as the Taliban start a major offensive aimed at retaking the region </li></ul>
  5. 5. Battle of Panjawaii <ul><li>One of the major battles fought, lasting from July to October 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>16 Canadians and about 1000 Taliban are killed in this ongoing fight </li></ul><ul><li>After taking control of the area, Cdn forces build a road to Kandahar </li></ul><ul><li>Cdn forces have had to return to this area several times to clear Taliban forces </li></ul>
  6. 6. Impact on Canada <ul><li>Between 2002 and 2007, 76 Canadian forces have been killed in combat, with another 8 dying in other circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>The mission is scheduled to go to 2009, debate on what do next </li></ul>

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