Canadian troops to stick around in Afghanistan until 2014? - Macleans.ca

Canadian troops to stick around in Afghanistan until 2014?

Harper government considering an extended stay

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The Conservative government is considering lengthening the Canadian Forces’ stay in Afghanistan until 2014, rather than the proposed exit date of July 2011. This would keep some 600 Canadians in Kabul to train Afghan troops. Prime Minister Harper is expected to decide as soon as next week about the three year extension. Harper is currently facing pressure from NATO allies to help address a shortfall in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan. Defence Minister Peter MacKay confirmed that Canada has been asked to conduct non-combat training missions but he wouldn’t divulge any details.

Toronto Star

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