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No time to question Canadian role in Afghanistan, says foreign minister

Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay says that despite mounting casualties in Afghanistan, Canadians should be standing behind their troops rather than questioning their deployment. “This is the type of mission that is demanded in this day and age,” MacKay said. “Terrorism, which has its roots in Afghanistan, is something that we have committed to fight with our allies.” MacKay said it would have been preferable if the former Liberal government had held a parliamentary vote before dispatching the first Canadian soldiers to Afghanistan in 2002, as part of a U.S.-led coalition sent to root out al-Qaida operatives and the Taliban government that had protected them. Full Story

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