Afghanistan mission comes to an end for Canadian troops

Twenty-two Canadian Forces soldiers and sailors arrived from Afghanistan at Shell Aerocentre in...

Twenty-two Canadian Forces soldiers and sailors arrived from Afghanistan at Shell Aerocentre in Leduc, Alta., on January 23, 2014. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

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The Canadian flag has been lowered in Kabul, marking the end of the military's mission in Afghanistan.

The flag was lowered during a ceremony on Wednesday, National Defence said in a release.

"At the end of the day, the question is: Have we made and have we seen real progress in Afghanistan? And have the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and those who support us and with whom we work delivered on the missions and the objectives we were sent there to deliver? The answer to both those is absolutely and undeniably yes," Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare, commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command, said in a statement.

Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson released a statement thanking the more than 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members who served in Afghanistan.

"Your hard work and determination helped to defend lives against the threat of terrorism and advanced Canada's values and national interests," he said.


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