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Canadian defence minister meets ISAF leaders

Canadian defence minister meets ISAF leaders

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Sep 22, 2013 - 09:58

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Canadian Minister of Defence Robert Nicholson wrapped up a three-day visit to Afghanistaninfo-icon, meeting International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) officials and Canadian troops in Kabul.

ISAF Commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. appreciated Canada's leadership in southern Afghanistan, and in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif, as well as its commitment to supporting the war-torn since 2001.

Canada has been assisting in Afghanistan in both Operation Enduring Freedom and the ISAF mission. It has more than 800 troops in Afghanistan after shifting its engagement from combat to a training and advisory mission in 2011.

Since 2001, Canada has spent more than id="mce_marker".8 billion on supporting Afghanistan's future, particularly in educationinfo-icon, rule of law and human rights, strengthening the government in Kabul on a sub-national level and delivering humanitarian assistance.

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