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Canada to keep 1,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2011 mission ends

English.news.cn   2010-11-09 05:35:09 FeedbackPrintRSS

OTTAWA, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Canada will keep up to 1,000 troops in Kabul as part of a plan to extend the country's non-combat mission in Afghanistan after 2011, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) said on Monday.

The CBC quoted unidentified senior officials as saying that the troops, including 750 trainers and at least 200 support staff, will remain there until 2014, three years past the July 2011 withdrawal deadline set by the Canadian Parliament.

"They'll work outside of combat at a training academy or large training facility for Afghan soldiers and police officers," the CBC said.

This is the first time specific numbers related to the proposed mission extension have been made public.

The latest official comment on the mission was by Defense Minister Peter MacKay, who said on Sunday that the government was "contemplating" transitioning from a combat role to a non-combat, training role but did not offer exact numbers.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to present details of the proposed plan to a summit of NATO heads of state and government in Lisbon, Portugal, on Nov. 19-20, the CBC said, adding that pressures are mounting from Canada's allies including the United States.

Canada, which joined the NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2002, has some 3,000 troops based there, mainly in the southern province of Kandahar, and has suffered losses of more than 150 lives.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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