Harper pledges money for Afghanistan as NATO leaders affirm 2014 withdrawal

by Alex Ballingall

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has pledged $330 million to Afghanistan after the complete withdrawal of Canadian soldiers from the war-torn country in March 2014. The money, which will be delivered over three years, is meant to help fund the Afghan National Army when it takes over security responsibilities from NATO-led troops, the CBC reports.

Harper made the statement on Monday during the NATO summit in Chicago, where leaders of member countries affirmed their support for a 2014 withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan, where they have been fighting since the invasion of the country in 2001. In a collective statement, NATO leaders said transition of authority to the Afghan army is “irreversible” and that the 130,000 NATO troops in the country will be completely withdrawn by the end of 2014.

“The time has come,” Harper said, quoted by the Canadian Press. “All the benchmarks, all the milestones are being met to make this possible.”

Canada’s pledge is part of a NATO-wide effort to fund the Afghan National Army, which will be tasked with creating stability and fending off a potential Taliban resurgence. “We are on the right track to reaching the goal of around $4bn a year for financing of Afghan security forces – it’s a positive story,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, quoted by the BBC.




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Harper pledges money for Afghanistan as NATO leaders affirm 2014 withdrawal

  1. who gives them the right to give all our money away to people that don’t want us there to begin with look at home harper you have alot of problems here you need to fix and one is stop trying to turn this country into a socialist state

  2. I fail to understand how a government…any government that cannot balance the books think they are entitled to push their citizens further into debt by borrowing money they do not have and giving it away.

    ALL gifts to foreign governments should only ever be allowed when Canada is not only debt free but has a surplus of funds after taxes have been reduced to acceptable levels and infrastructure is in excellent shape.

    The arrogance of this sort of thing should be the basis for civil and criminal lawsuits against the governments, politicians and political parties that do it.

    Who gave you the right to give away an entire lifetime of taxes paid by thousands and thousands of tax payers?

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