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30 Sep 2008 description

I. Introduction

Summer has come to be known in Afghanistan as "the fighting season"-when insurgents mobilize for their most aggressive offensives. In Afghanistan generally, and in Kandahar specifically, this summer was especially violent. Numbers of insurgent incidents, and casualty rates among civilians and soldiers, reached levels higher than in any year since the Taliban regime was overthrown in 2001.

13 Aug 2008 description

By Holly Bridges

For the families of soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan, the announcement that Canada is sending helicopters and beefed up unmanned aerial vehicles into theatre must surely have brought a huge sigh of relief. That aspect of the announcement was front and centre when the Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay spoke to reporters and Air Force members inside the hangar at 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in St. Hubert, Quebec on August 7.

"This equipment will improve the safety and effectiveness of our troops," said Minister MacKay.

08 Jan 2007 description

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today announced, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, that Canada will contribute $10million toward the salaries of Afghan police officers. The Minister also presented the provincial chief of police with Canada's latest contribution toward properly outfitting and clothing police in the province.

31 Mar 2004 description

Berlin - International Cooperation Minister Aileen Carroll and Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham today announced Canada's pledge of $250 million to assist the people of Afghanistan as their country moves toward stability and democratic rule. The ministers are attending the International Conference on Afghanistan, which began today in Berlin and wraps-up on April 1. The new funding will be delivered from 2005 to 2009 through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).