KABUL (Arrahmah.com) – Canada is formally completing its fighting mission in Afghanistan this week, a move that marks the end of a robust combat presence centered in the dangerous and violent southern province of Kandahar.
The Canadian invaders military on Tuesday formally transferred its last district in the province to the U.S invaders, where the U.S. 3rd Battalion 21st Regiment took over from the Canadian 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment.
On Thursday, Canadian Brig. Gen. Dean Milner will transfer command of NATO-led invading terrorists in Kandahar’s Panjwai and Dand districts to U.S. command. This transition comes as other countries make preparations for drawdowns and shifting to plans for noncombat missions in Afghanistan, such as training.
The grinding conflict has been frustrating for many Canadian citizens, frustrated by the mission’s casualties.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper planned an end to the combat mission three years ago. Also, the government says, the “incremental cost of the current mission in Afghanistan to the Government of Canada from 2001 to 2011 is currently estimated to be approximately $11.3 billion.”
Up to 950 Canadian armed forces trainers and support personnel eventually will be based in Kabul until 2014. The Canadians will be working alongside Americans, Brits, Australians and others in a countrywide training mission, Stadnyk said. Also, the government said, 45 members of civilian police forces will help mentor the Ministry of Interior and the Afghan National Police.
source : theunjustmedia