Canada’s New Role in Afghanistan

Take a look at what our ally and friend Canada is doing in Afghanistan, not only through their kinetic military role but also in what they do best, a non-combat role.

On November 16, 2010, Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon, Minister of National Defense Peter MacKay, and Minister of International Cooperation Beverley J. Oda announced Canada’s new role in Afghanistan that will build on significant progress in areas of security, diplomacy, human rights, and development.  As Canada transitions to a non-combat role in 2011, their involvement in Afghanistan, centered in Kabul, will focus on four areas: investing in Afghan youth through the development of education and health programming; providing up to 950 military trainers for the Afghan security forces; promoting increased dialogue through regional diplomacy; and delivering much-needed humanitarian assistance.

Since the start of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Canada has been a strong partner in this difficult endeavor. Their leadership and support in Afghanistan has been key to securing its future, the goal of which is leave Afghanistan to the Afghans and to support them in building a country that is better governed, more stable and secure, and no longer a safe haven for terrorists.

At a time when the U.S. public has grown fatigued over the long-term U.S. deployment in Afghanistan, Canada is stepping up to share the load.

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