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What to do about the Afghan quagmire

Canada and its allies must acknowledge that after a decade they are slowly, painfully, going nowhere. Foreign Affairs' most recent quarterly report on Afghanistan may be its last and the Cabinet committee on Afghanistan has been disbanded.

TORONTO—The Department of Foreign Affairs has now produced 10 quarterly progress "reports" on Afghanistan. They reveal little progress and significant regress on the most critical issue: security. The most recent report notes that insurgent attacks have increased by 70 per cent over the past year. Simultaneously, it reports, "Sixty per cent of Kandaharis see themselves as safe in their communities, and 46 per cent see security as improving. Only one in six Kandaharis see security as getting worse." The implication is that Canadians have contributed to this relatively positive state of affairs. The findings of a more recent poll conducted for a BBC/ABC/Washington Post/German ADR consortium paint a more troubling picture.

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What to do about the Afghan quagmire

Canada and its allies must acknowledge that after a decade they are slowly, painfully, going nowhere. Foreign Affairs' most recent quarterly report on Afghanistan may be its last and the Cabinet committee on Afghanistan has been disbanded.

TORONTO—The Department of Foreign Affairs has now produced 10 quarterly progress "reports" on Afghanistan. They reveal little progress and significant regress on the most critical issue: security. The most recent report notes that insurgent attacks have increased by 70 per cent over the past year. Simultaneously, it reports, "Sixty per cent of Kandaharis see themselves as safe in their communities, and 46 per cent see security as improving. Only one in six Kandaharis see security as getting worse." The implication is that Canadians have contributed to this relatively positive state of affairs. The findings of a more recent poll conducted for a BBC/ABC/Washington Post/German ADR consortium paint a more troubling picture.

  

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Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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