November 16th, 2010
02:39 PM ET

Canada plans for non-combat transition in Afghanistan

Canada, which is ending its combat mission in Afghanistan in
July, on Tuesday announced "a new role" to play in the war-torn nation, with a
focus on security, diplomacy, human rights and development.

"Building on strengths and accomplishments over the past years, Canada is
committed to helping build a more secure, stable and self-sufficient
Afghanistan that is no longer a safe haven for terrorists," said Foreign
Minister Lawrence Cannon.

The government says the estimated cost from 2011 to 2014 "is $700 million
(US $694.5 million) a year over three years, although final costs will not be
known until after 2014."

"The combat mission will end in 2011," Cannon said in a statement. "As we
continue to work alongside the Afghan people and the international community,
Canada will continue to play an important role in supporting efforts toward a
better future for all Afghans."

Based in the Kandahar area, Canadian forces have been one of the major
troop contributors to NATO's International Security Assistance Force. There are
more than 2,900 troops at present, ISAF said, and 152 Canadian service members
have lost their lives in the conflict, according to a CNN count of the
fatalities.

After next year and until March 2014, Canadian troops will continue
training Afghan security forces and will provide up to 950 military trainers
and support personnel.

"Since this mission began, Canada, along with our international partners,
has helped to train and mentor about 50,000 Afghan troops. The post-2011
non-combat training mission will further contribute to the goal of preparing
Afghans to assume responsibility for their own security," said National Defence
Minister Peter MacKay.

Canadians will work to improve the lives of Afghan women and back the G-8
Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Canada also will help with
other humanitarian efforts.

"The future of Afghanistan resides in the hands of women, children and
youth," said International Cooperation Minister Beverley Oda.

"Thanks in part to our investments, we have achieved significant progress
in helping improve life for women and children, but more progress is required,
especially in Afghanistan's education and health sectors. Canada will continue
to place an important focus on women in its development work in Afghanistan."

Canada also will work in the area of regional diplomacy, continuing its
efforts in areas such as border cooperation.

"Canada will continue to facilitate dialogue and advance concrete
activities to improve cooperation among the countries in the region, in
particular between Afghanistan and Pakistan," the government said.

"Canada is well-placed to continue this leading role and will further
support projects that counter violent extremism in border regions."

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. BANGASH

    This finally every ally in war on terror will follow and it will be America only to reap what they have sown in this region during last three decades. This war has been imposed on Afghans and Pakistan therefore USA must find an honorable way by putting an end to pro war policies which during last nine years has been adding to wars in this region and thus whole region is on fire and its flames are spreading all over the world. Alqaida and USA are two parties to the conflict therefore the issue between them could be solved through the mediation of a third neutral force i.e UNO. So USA should immediately leave Afghanistan and let UNO play its due role by engaging neutral states in restoration of peace and stability in this region,

    November 17, 2010 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Good posting,BANGASH. Thank you.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        I agree that a good portion of the problems we have in the region is due to our neglect of Afghanistan after the Soviets left, we failed to help establish a government and infrastructure that could have helped avoid the Taleban take over in the mid 1990's. That being said, we can't just simply pack up and leave and anyone who thinks that is crazy. The Islamic extremists would declare 'victory' and would then view the West as weak. The US would be subject to far more attacks if we just left Afghanistan with our tails between our legs. There is no easy solution and I don't claim to have one, but just leaving can't even be considered.

        November 17, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        You are very correct Sanity and where ever these Islamic extremists pop up so should all countries fighting this war on terrorism including Muslim states who condemn their murderous campaign to gain power and control over people to enslave them under strict six century sharia laws and punishments which is inhumane and against peoples human rights!

        November 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Bangash...I like this post of yours. But any group who take the place between USA and al qaea must reassure that other countries are not under attacks by suicide bombers again .

      November 22, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. mcmurdo proud military fiance

    well coming from a canadian my self, I am very proud of what our country is doing and yes it is not easy and yes they made a promise but we will not abandon these inicent civillians and also our partners with NATO , TEAM WORK pays off , go troops go

    November 17, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Will you kindly cut the right-wing mumbo-jumbo??? It makes me sick!!!

      November 17, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Kerry

        I think you have been 'sick' for a very long time.

        November 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kerry

        Sorry John,I didn't post the above. The only sick people here are those who love this rotten war and try to glorify it. Like you,I get awfully sick and tired of all this warmongering!!!

        November 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kerry

        Do you cross dress as well as use other peoples names to post that cr@p here?

        November 19, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gary Johndro

    We sure do,YABBA-DABBA-DOO-DOO-DOO!!!

    November 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Onesmallvoice

    Actually Canada has no more business in Afghanistan than any other NATO member but as they have the interest of the right-wing thugs in Washington at heart,I guess that they're going to stay there for some time to come and forget about doing the right-thing!

    November 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Why don't you do the right thing and shut your onesmallmind up! If things went according to your way of thinking the terrorists would have blown up many of American and the western world's interests and then what would you have us do? Try to talk peace with these Islamic radicals whose stated goal is to control the world!!!

      November 16, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        Isn't that what the United States,Great Britain and France are aspiring to do? That seems to be self evident. Or at least they are trying hard to conquer South Asia. Follow the news!

        November 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Yea right? Their just in Afghanistan trying to take out the extremists Taliban and their terrorist allies hiding in the ungoverned tribal regions in Pakistan. No where else in south Asia and we are only fighting Islamic terrorism which is what this war on terrorism is all about or should we just let them continue to blow up planes, buses, trains, embassies, ships, etc....

        November 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        Dan in Lafayette,In........
        your posts are good. But the problem is no matter what you say ..they dont understand. What some people want is America to wait till they get attack again. I really hate these suicide bombers. We had a terrible time with the people who blows them selves time to time. Also I dont like this extremists who think they are so holy and other people are filthy.

        November 22, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Good post,Onesmallvoice. We really need more intelligent people like you to blog in here instead of all these right-wing idiots of which we have far too many!

      November 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        If onesmallvoice is intelligent, then I weep for the future of our country.

        November 17, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |