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CHIMO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-10-09 07:13 PM
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Soldiers out of Kandahar by 2011: defence chief
Amid speculation over a future role for Canadian forces in Kandahar, Canada's top commander says he will withdraw all of the country's soldiers from the region by 2011.

"The parliamentary motion directs that it will be the end of the military mission in July of 2011. I mean those are the words that are there," Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk told CBC News in an exclusive interview. "And for me it's pretty clear. What we do for the Canadian Forces are military missions."

CBC News had previously reported that Natynczyk ordered his commanders to start preparing military plans to pull out of Afghanistan and return thousands of soldiers and billions of dollars' worth of equipment to Canada.

The government has insisted Canada's military mission will end in 2011. But its ministers and staff including Defence Minister Peter MacKay have suggested Canadian soldiers could remain in Afghanistan beyond that deadline, though perhaps not in combat.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/11/10/natynczyk-afg...

Seems like our military are still following their orders.
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