Troop to Downsize by Year's End

Published: Wednesday, 07/25/2007 12:00 am EDT

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor has hinted that Canadian troops might scale back operations in southern Afghanistan by year's end. Speaking with CTV, Mr. O'Connor said after the six-month rotation of the Royal 22nd Regiment, "we'll have about 3,000 Afghan army operating within the Kandahar province." In a related announcement, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay told CanWest News last week DFAIT is expanding diplomatic efforts in Kabul and Kandahar.

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