SULTAN JESSA: Afghan mission ends - finally

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Canada’s combat mission in troubled Afghanistan has ended.

But, has the mission been accomplished?

The simple answer is no.

Yes, the mission has made a big dent on the war against terrorists.

Canada and some western nations have already withdrawn their armed forces.

Britain and America are expected to follow suit in the next few months.

Canada lowered the curtain after the deaths of more than 150 troops.

Western nations have sunk million of dollars in Afghanistan to bring political stability and peace in Afghanistan.

Canada at one time had more than 40,000 soldiers in Afghanistan taking part in some of the heaviest fighting in the southern province of Kandahar.

Our country also spent more than $11 billion dollars on the deadly and increasingly unpopular war abroad.

A small Canadian contingent of about 150 soldiers will still be involved in training the Afghan security forces.

Some Canadian soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

And the country should be proud of the role.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper hailed the end of Canada’s military mission.

He described Canada’s mission as “significant milestone” in the fight against global terror.

After 12 years the mission ended with the ceremony in the capital Kabul.

The last of the 3,000 soldiers have returned to Canada.

Canadians who served have made enormous sacrifices during Canada’s largest military deployment since the Second World War.

Canada has a duty to look after and care of the soldiers who returned home injured or profoundly changed by the experience and are now struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and other serious issues.

Canadians soldiers first deployed to Afghanistan in early 2002, several months after a U.S. led mission of the country to oust the Taliban in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Harper has been frank on the future of Afghanistan on numerous occasions.

“We are not ever going to defeat the insurgency,” Harper told a CNN interviewer during a visit to the United States some years back.

Since the late 1970s, Afghanistan has suffered continuous and brutal civil wars in addition to foreign interventions in the form of the 1979 Soviet interventions and the recent 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban government.

And since the fall of the Taliban, adherents of the hard-line Islamic movement have re-grouped.

Canadians have operated in one of the world’s most-dangerous country for years.

I doubt if peace will ever return to Afghanistan.

The country has a colossal problem dealing with corruption and the production of opium.

Organizations: Taliban, CNN

Geographic location: Canada, Afghanistan, United States Britain Kandahar.Our

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