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Canada In Afghanistan

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

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