Canada ends Afghan combat mission

After nine years of fighting, Canada has officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan on Thursday. Nearly 3000 Canadian soldiers, based mainly in Kandahar, have packed up and gone home. Canadian troops first deployed in Afghanistan in early 2002, several months after a US-led invasion of the country to oust the Taliban in wake of the September 11 attacks.

In recent weeks, they have been completing their final patrols, packing up dusty outposts and gathering at the giant Kandahar airfield military base to debrief before starting to catch their flights home.

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