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Canada's Role In Afghanistan War
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Canada's Role in the Afghanistan War Timeline
1.Canadian charged with second-degree murder
Canada's Role in Afghanistan War
-Canada's role in the Afghanistan War began in late 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Canada sent its first element of Canadian soldiers secretly in October 2001 from Joint Task Force 2, and the first contingents of regular Canadian troops arrived in Afghanistan in January-February 2002.
-Canada took on a larger role starting in 2006, after the canadian troops were redeployed to Kandahar province. There were 2,500 Canadian Forces(CF) personnel in Afghanistan in 2006 of which 1,200 compromised in battle group
-Roughly 950 are currently deployed in Aghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force(ISAF). At the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that an undisclosed number of Canadian soldiers would remain in the country to help train and mentor the Afghan National Army until 2014(though Canadian troops ended their combat role there in 2011.
At that time of the invasion, the Canadian Government defined Canada's reason for participating in the mission Afghanistan as follows:
1.Defend Canada's national interests;
2.Ensure Canadian leadership in world affairs; and
3.Help Afghanistan rebuild
Canadian Military Deaths in Afghanistan
-Since February 2002, 158 Canadian soldiers have died in the war in Afghanistan or in support of the war.An additional 22 soldiers have died in accidents or other non combat operation like "friendly fire"
-More than 200 soldiers were injured during the war between April 2002 to December 2011 635 soldiers were injured in action while 1412 were injured in patrol or non combat situation.
-In late December 2008,reports began to surface of possible "inappropriate conduct" in relation to the death of a "presumed insurgent". The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service investigated the incident,resulting in second-degree murder charges against Captain Robert Semrau on 31 December 2008. According to court documents released on January 2009,Captain Semrau, who was serving with NATO's Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team supervising and mentoring Afghan soldiers in Helmand Provence,is alleged to have killed a wounded insurgent found by Afghan National Army troops after they came under a Taliban ambush on 19 October 2008
2.Afghan detainee abuse scandal
-In 2007 allegations arose that the Canadian military was handing detainees over to the Afghanistan military without first making sure that they would not be abused. This political scandal in Canada that eventually resulted in Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor being demoted. Richard Colvin the secong highest ranked member of Canada's diplomatic service in Afghanistan from 2006-2007 testified that "According to our information,the likelihood is that all Afghans we handed over were tortured. For interrogators in Kandahar, it was a standard operating procedure."
*Other important information regarding my topic*
-Independent estimates of the total cost of the conflict range as high as
billion by 2011 according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer
Camp Julien in Kabul
Camp Nathan Smith in Kanadahar
Camp Mirage airbase
IAI Heron 1(Israel Aerospce Industries)
Boieng CH-47 Chinook
Bell CH-146 Griffon
Presentation by:Julius G. Patalud
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