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Afghanistan, terrorism, and Canada: the nexus that never goes away

By Phil Gurski      

It is not for nothing that Afghanistan has earned the nickname 'the graveyard of empires.' And it is not going away any time soon.

The second has to do with someone who has dominated headlines in this land for decades: Omar Khadr, pictured as a young boy. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

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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