Thank You Canada: The Withdrawal from Afghanistan Begins

It's a bittersweet moment, the lowering of the Canadian flag in Afghanistan. They're leaving after being part of NATO's post-9/11 mission for 12 years. On behalf of those that care, let me say thank you for your sacrifices on our behalf. This war was not yours to fight, but you fought it anyway:

After more than 12 years and under a blanket of security in Kabul, Canadian military operations in Afghanistan came to a formal close this week. As the Canadian flag was lowered at NATO headquarters in a low-key ceremony, officials looked back at a mission that began in 2001 and cost the country 158 military lives.

Two Canadian civilian contractors, a diplomat and a journalist also died during Canada's involvement in Afghan operations.

Canadian troops were active in the restive Kandahar province in the south of the country, dubbed the "home of the Taliban," from 2006 and have latterly been involved in training Afghan National Security Forces in the capital, Kabul.

Over 40,000 Canadian troops have been rotated in and out of the country since NATO's ISAF operations began -- the largest deployment since the end of the Second World War. The remaining 100 Canadian military personnel will leave the country by the end of the week.

I tend to give Canada and Canadians a lot of crap for no other reason that I can, but when it comes right down to it our two countries are really one nation separated by a border drawn by the former imperial master of us both. You're like the kid brother we tease but we really love. And when the fit hit the shan on 9/11 you were there to help us punish the wrongdoers. Thanks again.

Posted by: Rusty at 10:12 AM

Comments

1 Greetings:

Nothing new here to me about our neighbors to the North. Back during my all-expense-paid tour of sunny Southeast Asia, we had a Canadian volunteer in our infantry squad. He came south to help out and see what war was all "a-boot" as those folks tend to say. He never failed us on the hunt or in a fight. Whenever I hear "a-boot" those American dirtbags who fled north to avoid their responsibilities, I kind of smile to myself and think that I sure got the better of that deal.

Posted by: 11B40 at March 13, 2014 10:36 AM

2 they are all socialists

Posted by: righter at March 13, 2014 11:03 AM

3 I believe it was a canadian sniper team that set the world record for longest shot in the world in afghanistan...it was over TWO THOUSAND YARDS

Posted by: sound awake at March 13, 2014 11:47 AM

4 Bye bye, guys. Maybe next war will be more fun. This one where we are providing security for heroin production stinks.


On sniper records:
In October 2012, the australian Daily Telegraph carried the unofficial story from 2nd commando regiment that a pair of snipers fired from 3,079 yards, bullet flight time about six seconds, and scored one kill. Barret Fifty Cal FTW.



Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at March 13, 2014 12:09 PM

5 Good to Go Canada, you came when we needed you, and now thank the spirits your done in that shathole.

Posted by: obsidian at March 13, 2014 12:44 PM

6 Maybe........ Afghanistan all trapped out and no pelts left?

Posted by: KIM at March 13, 2014 06:33 PM

7 Kim,

Ah oui, eh?

Posted by: MAKAYA at March 13, 2014 08:58 PM

8 Yeah. No more head hunting for the PPLI.

Posted by: Eli at March 13, 2014 11:04 PM

9 Hey "righter".

No we're not.

Posted by: Elmira Viking at March 14, 2014 10:13 AM






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