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Canada's Role in Afghanistan

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Canada's Role in Afghanistan

  1. 1. Canada’s role<br />in Afghanistan<br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  2. 2. OCTOBER 7, 2001: In response to the events of September 11, the United States launches Operation Enduring Freedom against al-Qaeda and its Taliban supporters.<br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  3. 3. OCTOBER 8, 2001: “The coalition of nations that has come together to fight the threat of terrorism will act on a broad front. It includes not only military but humanitarian, financial, legislative, diplomatic and domestic security initiatives.” Art Eggleton, Defence Minister <br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  4. 4. FEBRUARY 2002: First contingents of regular Canadian Forces arrive in Afghanistan<br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  5. 5. AUGUST 2003: <br />Amid increased violence, NATO assumes responsibility for security in Kabul, making Afghanistan the organization’s first commitment outside Europe.<br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  6. 6. 2006: <br />Rather than withdraw troops as planned, Canada extends its military commitment to Afghanistan by two years. Troops are redeployed to Kandahar.<br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  7. 7. 2008:<br />The Harper government’s motion to extend Canada’s mission to 2011 is approved by Parliament, having gained support from the Liberal opposition.<br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  8. 8. 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama announces the deployment of another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.<br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  9. 9. NOVEMBER 17, 2010:<br />Canada announces that 950 troops will remain in Afghanistan until 2014 to train Afghan forces. <br />Meanwhile, Canadian aid to Afghanistan will be significantly reduced. <br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  10. 10. Nearly 150,000 foreign troops from 47 countries are deployed in Afghanistan, including roughly 2,800 Canadian Forces personnel.<br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  11. 11. International Forces in Afghanistan<br /><ul><li>Operate without a broad political consensus or comprehensive peace agreement
  12. 12. Frequently use military methods that lack restraint or respect for civilians
  13. 13. Function without sufficient reconstruction or peacebuilding efforts</li></ul>www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  14. 14. The war, which has killed tens of thousands of people – the majority civilians – has evolved from a swift overthrowing of the Taliban into a complex counterinsurgency effort against Afghans who say they are trying to expel U.S.-led forces.<br />www.ploughshares.ca .<br />
  15. 15. To avoid a state of perpetual war, we must demand a comprehensive approach to security that includes Diplomatic efforts, Development work and aid, support for Democracy, efforts at Disarmament as well as Defence.<br />To read more, visit www.ploughshares.ca .<br />

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