Agence France-PresseMarch 18, 2014 13:32
The last Canadian troops deployed to Afghanistan returned home on Tuesday, bringing an end to Canada's longest ever military engagement.
Still in their desert fatigues, the 86 soldiers disembarked in frigid temperatures at the Ottawa airport, where they were greeted by Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others.
"This morning, as you stepped onto Canadian soil, you have brought to a close the longest active military engagement in Canadian history," Harper said in a speech.
"A grateful country welcomes you home."