OTTAWA—As all Canadians know, our country has a longstanding relationship with Afghanistan. In the aftermath of 9/11, the government decided to send our military, first special forces, then regular troops, to engage in what began as counter terrorism (CT) and ended as a combination of CT and state building missions. In all, by the time the combat aspect of the deployment ended in 2011 (forces withdrew for good in 2014), 159 soldiers—and five civilians—were killed.
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