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Military rejected Canada Day Afghan tribute, citing concerns of 'militarization'

OTTAWA - Military planners have treaded delicately on how best to remind the country of the sacrifices of Canadian Forces members in Afghanistan, raising concerns about potential political and public sensitivities, newly released documents show. That led military brass to ultimately recommend abandoning plans for a noontime ceremony on Parliament Hill this coming Canada Day that would have commemorated the mission.

Families of fallen Canadians reflect on loss; hope Afghans live up to sacrifices

OTTAWA - Was it all worth it? It is a brutally awkward question, especially when posed in the context of Afghanistan. There is no shortage of people opining about the now-concluded military mission that morphed into a costly, bloody humanitarian exercise. But few of those voices truly count as much as the ones who've stayed largely silent through the tempest of this war — the families of the fallen, some of whom are speaking up for the first time in a series of interviews with The Canadian Press.

Britain hands over bases to Afghan forces

Britain has handed over all but two of its remaining bases in Afghanistan's Helmand Province to local forces as part of its planned full withdrawal by the end of 2014, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Sunday. In an operation lasting more than a month,the Lashkar Gah and Patrol Base Lashkar Gah Durai have been handed over to Afghan control. A third base, MOB Price, has also been closed, the ministry revealed in a statement.

Kabul irked at haphazard release of Afghan Taliban prisoners in Pakistan

By Katharine Houreld KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's High Peace Council, set up to oversee peace talks with the Taliban, has had no formal meetings with any of the 46 Taliban prisoners released in neighboring Pakistan, an official said on Friday, despite pleas to be present when they are freed.

Ambivalence, remembrance marks Canada's end of Afghanistan military mission

OTTAWA - Some people searched their souls while the politicians offered glowing tributes and flags flew at half-staff. Meanwhile, one survey suggested that 42 per cent of Canadians were oblivious to the fact their soldiers were still working in a war-scarred land. There was much ambivalence and some outright avoidance in Canada on Wednesday as the last 100 Canadian Forces soldiers on duty in Afghanistan saw their mission formally come to an end.

Russia can't derail US exit from Afghanistan

Russia would be unable to disrupt the US military's withdrawal from Afghanistan even it cut off access to supply routes across its territory, a top US commander said Wednesday. Amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, the head of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan reassured lawmakers that Russia could not hold up a planned troop drawdown there. "I'm absolutely confident we'll be able to" remove all US equipment on schedule, General Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Canadian military involvement in Afghanistan formally ends; army set to leave

KABUL - As the Canadian flag inched its way down the pole Wednesday at NATO headquarters in Kabul, Master Cpl. Jordan Taylor didn't necessarily see the red and white Maple Leaf. The faces of friends who didn't come home were before his eyes. Taylor is a fresh-faced kid from Regina, and anyone looking at him would hardly be able to guess he's a veteran of a unit that saw some of the fiercest fighting during the five-year combat mission in Kandahar.

Little-known group claims killing of Swedish journalist in Kabul

By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - A little-known militant group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in the Afghan capital, saying he was a spy for British intelligence. Nils Horner, 51, who worked for Swedish Radio and had dual British-Swedish nationality, was shot dead outside a restaurant one Kabul's most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month's elections.

Foreign national shot dead in Kabul: witness, doctor

A foreign national was shot in the head and killed in central Kabul on Tuesday, a witness and doctor told AFP. The attack came in a district close to a Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital where 21 people, including 13 foreigners, were killed in January. "I heard a single gunshot and saw the man fall down," said the witness at the scene, while the doctor at Kabul's emergency hospital said the victim was dead on arrival.

Controversy over alleged Afghan prison torture slips quietly into history books

KABUL - It burned white hot as a human-rights issue at the height of the Afghan war, sparking a political crisis that in 2009 nearly toppled Stephen Harper's minority government. Five years on, the controversy that surrounded Ottawa's handling of the Taliban prisoner file — in particular the nagging questions about whether they were tortured at the hands of their Afghan jailers — faded more quickly from the public consciousness than the conflict itself.
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