OTTAWA -- Canada's mission to Afghanistan is officially over today.
Our flag was lowered in Kabul a few weeks ago and the final rotation of soldiers arrived back in Canada on March 18, but today is the official end.
It's a long way from Oct. 9, 2001, when HMCS Halifax was directed to head for the Arabian Sea as part of Canada's counterterrorism efforts. Canadian soldiers were on the ground early in Afghanistan, fighting inside American units they were stationed with. By February 2002 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was assembling a major presence in the fight against the Taliban.