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Three months in, here’s what’s at stake in Canada’s Mali mission

By Chris W. J. Roberts      

Canada took nearly two years to find a lower-risk task among an unappealing list of UN operations. But lower risk doesn’t mean zero risk.

A Canadian air crew finishes refuelling a Griffon helicopter at Camp Castor in Gao, Mali, on Aug. 5. Canadians arrived in Mali to set up Canada's mission there in June, and were ready to do medevac missions in August. Canadian Armed Forces photograph by Master Cpl. Jennifer Kusche

CALGARY—Canadians are materially back in the peacekeeping game. Canada’s summer deployment of an aviation task force to Mali to support a United Nations mission for one year is the first significant deployment of Canadian troops and equipment to UN peacekeeping in Africa since 2001. Over the last decade or two, most of the largest, most complicated, and dangerous UN missions have been on that continent.

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