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Canadian Armed Forces completes military mission in Afghanistan

Canadian Armed Forces completes military mission in Afghanistan

March 12, 2014 - Ottawa

Introduction

A flag lowering ceremony marking the end of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan was held earlier today at ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. After more than 12 years, the largest deployment of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel since the Second World War has drawn to a close.  

Quick Facts

  • The event was attended by NATO, ISAF, Diplomatic, Canadian dignitaries including the Chief of the Defence Staff, and senior leaders.
  • As announced by the Prime Minister at the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012, Canada will continue to play an important role in supporting efforts that contribute to building a better future for all Afghans and has committed $330 million to help sustain the Afghan National Security Forces and $227 million in development assistance between 2015 and 2017.

Quotes

“Canadians from coast to coast to coast are tremendously proud of their contributions in Afghanistan. With our allies and government partners, the Canadian Armed Forces have helped to defend against terrorism and made a vital contribution to international peace and security”.

The Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence.

“Today, after more than 12 years and the deployment of over 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members, our mission in Afghanistan has come to a close. This mission has had a profound impact on the generation of soldiers, sailors, airmen and women who contributed to it, and to their families who supported them throughout. Together with all Canadians, we will commemorate our fallen and we will care for our ill and injured. As our flag comes down today, we look back on our mission with pride, knowing that through our efforts we have helped Afghans to gain the hope of a brighter and more secure future." 

General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.

“At the end of the day, the question is: have we made and have we seen real progress in Afghanistan? And have the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and those who support us and with whom we work delivered on the missions and the objectives we were sent there to deliver? The answer to both those is absolutely and undeniably yes.”

Lieutenant General Stuart Beare, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

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