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Troops may stay in Afghanistan after 2011: MacKay

by CBC News, Oct. 8, 2009

The Conservative government will let Parliament decide what Canada’s future role in Afghanistan will be beyond 2011, two cabinet ministers say.

The country’s troops may stay in Afghanistan in a non-combat role, Defence Minister Peter MacKay told the House of Commons defence committee in Ottawa on Thursday.

It is the third time in recent weeks that MacKay has raised the issue. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said Canada will pull its troops out of Afghanistan by 2011.

Even if that is the case, it is widely expected in military and diplomatic circles that hundreds — and perhaps as many as 1,000 Canadian military personnel — will stay in what’s vaguely termed “non-combat” roles.

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Canadian troops must not remain in Afghanistan.

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