Our Brothers in Arms are done

Well it appears that our Brothers in Arms, the cousins from the North….Canada are now finished with their mission in Afghanistan.

Canada ended military operations in Afghanistan on Wednesday, ending a 12-year mission as the international community winds down its role in the country ahead of an end-of-year deadline for foreign combat operations to end.

The Canadians formally ended their combat role in southern Afghanistan in July 2011 but maintained a small training operation in Kabul.

“Canada played a critical role in securing Kandahar Province and had a strategic impact across the country with their contribution to the NATO training mission,” the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford, said during a flag-lowering ceremony at the headquarters for international forces in Kabul.

The Canadian Army has performed superbly and was one of our best coalition partners in Afghanistan. They found shoulder to shoulder with many American Forces, including ETTs, Special Forces, Conventional Army forces, and my Guest Blogger, Rusty Bradley. They were concentrated in the south, commonly referred to as 205th Corps Sector. Canada also gave up it’s sons and daughters for the people of Afghanistan.

According to the Canadian government, 158 soldiers, one diplomat, one journalist and two civilian contractors were killed in Afghanistan.

I guess this is just another sign that our mission is definitely coming to an end. I am curious if the USA will be the last ones left and have to turn out the lights on the way out.

Read the whole story at http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140312/NEWS08/303120036

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4 Responses to Our Brothers in Arms are done

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  2. milnewscaNo Gravatar says:

    Classy – well done.

  3. Aunty BratNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for recognising the Canadian Troops….

  4. Greg TopliffNo Gravatar says:

    Call to arms for a countrymen that needs our help. Sent to the news media.

    5-20-14
    Dear Editor,
    It’s a sad commentary to say the least to stand by and do nothing when a Marine is unjustly incarcerated in a foreign country like Mexico. Several weeks ago, Afghan veteran and Purple Heart holder Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi still an active reservists in the Corps got into the wrong lane that funneled into Mexico missing the last exit to avoid that country. Greta Van Susteren of Fox news drove the route showing the cement barricades that lined the lanes and blocked one from making any turns.
    To make a long story short, after several weeks in jail our countries top leaders have not taken this issue head on. His mother has been in the news pleading for the public to sign a petition that she can present to Washington. She needs 100 thousand signatures before the end of the month. I have signed it on the Whitehouse.gov site and request that you do the same. Marines don’t leave anyone behind. 100% disabled Marine Vietnam veteran.
    Greg Topliff

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