Canada's Role in the Afghanistan War

Posted by on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Following the attack on the United States of America on September 11, 2001, the US government launched a war on terror. 

Canada joined the War effort in December 2001. Approximately 40 Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) assaulters were sent to southern Afghanistan.

In August 2003, the Canadian Forces moved to the northern city of Kabul.

On 13 February 2005, Defence Minister Bill Graham announced Canada was doubling the number of troops in Afghanistan by the coming summer, from 600 troops in Kabul to 1200.

In spring 2005 it was announced that the Canadian Forces would move back to the volatile Kandahar Province.
2006 saw renewed commitments from Canada in the war-torn country.

A Taliban resurgence happened in 2009.

Canada withdrew the bulk of its troops from Afghanistan in 2011.

On 9 December 2010, it was announced that after the end of combat operations in July 2011, Canadian Forces (approximately 950 newly posted specialized personnel) will be posted to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan to continue the training of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.

Between 2001 and 2014, 159 Canadian soldiers died while on the mission in Afghanistan. 



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