Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Canada Confirms That They Will Be Leaving Afghanistan In 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks towards Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he makes an opening statement at the G8 Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the Chateau Cartier in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Tories Firm On Afghan Exit Plan Despite Clinton's Plea -- CTV

The Canadian government insists it will not back down from its intention to pull its troops out of combat in Afghanistan next year, despite a not-so-subtle hint from the U.S. Secretary of State that Washington wants its closest ally to remain there.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CTV's Power Play on Monday that Washington values the work of Canadian soldiers and would "obviously like to see some form of support continue" beyond 2011 -- the year that Ottawa has pledged to pull the Canadian Forces off the Afghan battlefield.

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More News On Canada's Exit From Afghanistan

Harper firm on Afghan withdrawal despite U.S. appeal -- Vancouver Sun
Canada rebuffs U.S. on Afghan extension -- UPI
PM Harper: Canadian Troops To Withdraw From Afghanistan In 2011 -- RTT
Canada Tells Clinton Troops Are Leaving in 2011 -- New York Times
Canada confirmed army forces withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011 -- The Examiner
No means no, PM tells Clinton -- Globe And Mail
Clinton wants continued Canadian Afghan presence -- Washington Post

My Comment: As a Canadian .... I say good riddance .... and not soon enough.

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