Canada in Afghanistan: Overview of Military and Development Activities

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 22, 2010

Canada has played an active role in Afghanistan, from both a military and development perspective, since the United States-led removal of the Taliban regime began in fall 2001. Over the years, Canada’s role in Afghanistan has become a significant issue ― both in Canada’s domestic affairs and vis-à-vis its international relations. Accordingly, this article provides an overview of Canadian military and development activities in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2010.

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Cartoon: Afghanistan Detainees and Backstabbing Canadian Soldiers

Find a political cartoon that depicts a Canadian soldier being stabbed in the back over the Afghanistan detainee allegations being made again the Canadian government.

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Cartoon: Gordon Brown and the Plan to Rehabilitate Murderous Terrorists

Find a political cartoon depicting Great Britain's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, making the pitch to rehabilitate murderous terrorists into Afghan society.

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Cartoon: Obama's Afghan Surge and Canada's Withdraw from Afghanistan

Find a political cartoon depicting the United States President Barack Obama's version of the military surge in the war in Afghanistan, while Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, quickly withdraws Canada's military troops.

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Cartoon: Afghanistan Torture Allegations are Torture to Watch

Find a political cartoon depicting the recent torture allegations involving prisons captured in Afghanistan and turned over to Afghanistan officials, basically torturing Canadians who have to read about the allegations in the media.

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Cartoon: NATO in Afghanistan - Not Sure Which Direction to Take

Find a political cartoon depicting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) not quite sure which direction to take in the complicated and ever dangerous military mission in Afghanistan.

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Defusing an Issue - Ending the Afghanistan Mission in 2011

By Harold Jansen on Sep 11, 2008

Besides the news that Elizabeth May would be joining the leaders' debate, the big news yesterday was Stephen Harper's announcement that Canada's current military mission in Afghanistan would not be extended past the 2011 deadline established by Parliament. It is important to note that this does not mean a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan at that point, but that the Canadian mission will change dramatically at that point.

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Major General MacKenzie Interview on the Canadian Military and War on Terror

By Greg Farries on Apr 3, 2008

My interview with retired Major General, Lewis MacKenzie has finally been posted. The General had a number of interesting things to say relating to Canada’s Armed Forces, the War on Terror and Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Here are some of the points I found the most interesting:

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Major General Lewis MacKenzie (Ret.) Interview

Interviewed by Greg Farries on Mar 31, 2008

Major General Lewis MacKenzie (Ret.) discusses the state of Canada’s armed forces, peace-keeping, the War on Terror, and Canada’s military involvement in Afghanistan.

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Cartoon: Stéphane Dion and Stephen Harper Duel Over Afghanistan Mission

Find a political cartoon that depicts Stéphane Dion and Stephen Harper dueling over Canada's involvement in Afghanistan.

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Cartoon: Should Canada Stay or Pull out of Afganistan: A Tough Decision for Dion

Find a political cartoon depicting Stéphane Dion being torn between Stephen Harpers desire to keep the Canadian forces in Afghanistan, and Jack Layton's desire to pull the troops out.

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Cartoon: NATO Ignores the Manley Report

Find a political cartoon depicting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as uninterested in listening to the recommendations of the Manley Report on Afghanistan.

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Submit Your Questions for an Interview with Major General (Ret) Lewis Mackenzie

By Greg Farries on Jan 14, 2008

Mapleleafweb is scheduled to do an interview with Major General (Ret.) Lewis Mackenzie, former Canadian Armed Forces general and writer. We are providing visitors to Mapleleafweb the opportunity to submit potential questions to General Mackenzie.

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Good Reading - The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar

By Harold Jansen on Dec 21, 2007

Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang's book on Afghanistan is a timely contribution to the debate on Canadian foreign and defence policy.

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