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Ottawa commits to non-combat role in Afghanistan after 2011

At least 950 military personnel to remain in Afghanistan until 2014


 

 

The federal government has confirmed the details of Canada’s mission to Afghanistan after its participation in combat operations ends in 2011. The training and development components of the mission will require at least 950 military personnel to remain in Afghanistan until 2014. According to Defence Minister Peter MacKay, no Canadian military personnel in Afghanistan will serve in a combat role after July 2011, nor will they be training Afghan troops in the field. The new mission is expected to cost up to $500 million per year, with a one-time initial expenditure of $85 million for rollout. The government will spend another $300 million over three years on development and aid. “We shall dedicate ourselves to development, diplomacy, and a non-combat role in training members of the Afghan national security forces,” Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said on Tuesday.

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Ottawa commits to non-combat role in Afghanistan after 2011

  1. Now the propaganda will start. As it already has with the G&M's Brian Topp's portrayal of Stephen Harper is intellectuallly deeply concerned and burdened by the weight of Afghanistan. Pure nonsense. The only way Harper views the war in Afganistan is how threatening it is to his political career. Pretty soon the right wing media will be releasing photos of Harper and Soutas in silhouette like Kennedyesque poses in the PMO pondering as if pondering the Cuban Mission crisis…

    Andrew Coyne is right. The media should begin to take these goons to task.

  2. Now the propaganda will start. As it already has with the G&M's Brian Topp's portrayal of Stephen Harper is intellectuallly deeply concerned and burdened by the weight of Afghanistan. Pure nonsense. The only way Harper views the war in Afganistan is how threatening it is to his political career. Pretty soon the right wing media will be releasing photos of Harper and Soutas in silhouette like Kennedyesque poses in the PMO pondering as if pondering the Cuban Mission crisis…

    Andrew Coyne is right. The media should begin to take these goons to task.

  3. This is turning into an Afghan version of Israel-Palestinian type negotiations fiasco where peace is always postponed.
    It is a pattern Canada will follow when it comes to leaving Afghanistan — postponement after postponement, especially since the USA is expanding its anti-terrorism war by planning to build new bases in Yemen, as reported in today's Wall Street Journal:
    "The U.S. is preparing for an expanded campaign against al Qaeda in Yemen, mobilizing military and intelligence resources to enable Yemeni and American strikes and drawing up a longer-term proposal to establish Yemeni bases in remote areas where militants operate," says the WSJ.
    The Americans need Canadian and other Nato troops more than ever, and will pressure governments like Canada's to remain in Afghanistan. And we will.

  4. This is turning into an Afghan version of Israel-Palestinian type negotiations fiasco where peace is always postponed.
    It is a pattern Canada will follow when it comes to leaving Afghanistan — postponement after postponement, especially since the USA is expanding its anti-terrorism war by planning to build new bases in Yemen, as reported in today's Wall Street Journal:
    "The U.S. is preparing for an expanded campaign against al Qaeda in Yemen, mobilizing military and intelligence resources to enable Yemeni and American strikes and drawing up a longer-term proposal to establish Yemeni bases in remote areas where militants operate," says the WSJ.
    The Americans need Canadian and other Nato troops more than ever, and will pressure governments like Canada's to remain in Afghanistan. And we will.

  5. Non-combat, great. 'Non-troops' stay behind to be blown up by Taliban mole-'trainees'. And they don't fight back.
     
     Karzai gets trainers to continue propping up his undemocratic regime. And we've imported Karsai's democratic values: no debate, no vote. Quite the trade-deal, Hamid. All that traditional Eastern dickering has paid off.
     
     And Ignatieff and Rae are all onside. Karzai has bilked Canada for another 3 years. And provided training camps for the Taliban.

  6. Non-combat, great. 'Non-troops' stay behind to be blown up by Taliban mole-'trainees'. And they don't fight back.
     
     Karzai gets trainers to continue propping up his undemocratic regime. And we've imported Karsai's democratic values: no debate, no vote. Quite the trade-deal, Hamid. All that traditional Eastern dickering has paid off.
     
     And Ignatieff and Rae are all onside. Karzai has bilked Canada for another 3 years. And provided training camps for the Taliban.

    • Its funny that NATO is continuing to prop up an illegitimate regime.

  7. There's no way we should be stating in Afghanistan. The training we provide will only serve to educate those who will continue to fight to prop up either Karzai's corrupt government or the regressive Taliban regime that will eventually replace it. Ignatieff and Harper should have a look at the history books to see what a lost cause this war is.

    The Harper government is also giving false guarantees by saying that this mission is safe and no more of our soldiers will killed or injured. Our trainers will be a target as long as they are there, and it is doubtful that all training will be strictly behind the wire.

  8. There's no way we should be stating in Afghanistan. The training we provide will only serve to educate those who will continue to fight to prop up either Karzai's corrupt government or the regressive Taliban regime that will eventually replace it. Ignatieff and Harper should have a look at the history books to see what a lost cause this war is.

    The Harper government is also giving false guarantees by saying that this mission is safe and no more of our soldiers will killed or injured. Our trainers will be a target as long as they are there, and it is doubtful that all training will be strictly behind the wire.

  9. Its funny that NATO is continuing to prop up an illegitimate regime.

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