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Chronology: A timeline of key events in Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan

A chronology of key dates spanning Canada's military mission in Afghanistan: 2001 Oct. 7: Prime Minister Jean Chretien announces Canada's participation in an international anti-terrorism mission in Afghanistan December: Canada establishes military presence in Afghanistan with the arrival of about 40 troops from Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2), a secretive special forces unit. 2002 Feb. 2: First regular combat troops, members of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, arrive in Afghanistan for a six-month mission.

Afghanistan will sign U.S. security pact, says Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign minister said on Thursday that he had received assurances from Afghan President Hamid Karzai that his country would sign a security deal with the United States that allows Western troops to remain in the country. The United States has warned it could withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan unless the pact is signed soon. Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke to Karzai during a weekend trip to Afghanistan.

German FM makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived Sunday in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan for an unannounced visit, a spokeswoman said. Most of the 3,000 German troops deployed in Afghanistan are based in this northern Afghan city. The German government decided Wednesday to extend by ten months its military presence in the country until the end of 2014. The lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, must still give its approval.

US weighs 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, or none

Military leaders have proposed keeping 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after NATO's combat mission ends in December -- or else pull out all American forces, a US official said Wednesday. The commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, General Joseph Dunford, presented the option last week to the White House, which is weighing the proposal, the official said, confirming reports in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Poland says to halve Afghanistan troop deployment

Poland's defence minister said Wednesday that Warsaw, a major contributor of troops for the US-led war in Afghanistan, would roughly halve its contingent to 500 soldiers by May. Poland had previously planned to maintain 1,000 troops in Afghanistan until the end of the year as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force. "In agreement with our allies, we have decided to speed up our withdrawal," Tomasz Siemoniak told reporters. "All heavy equipment, such as armoured vehicles and helicopters, will also return to Poland by May."

Poland says to halve Afghanistan troop deployment

Poland's defence minister said Wednesday that Warsaw, a major contributor of troops for the US-led war in Afghanistan, would roughly halve its contingent to 500 soldiers by May. Poland had previously planned to maintain 1,000 troops in Afghanistan until the end of the year as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force. "In agreement with our allies, we have decided to speed up our withdrawal," Tomasz Siemoniak told reporters. "All heavy equipment, such as armoured vehicles and helicopters, will also return to Poland by May."

Last Australian combat troops leave Afghanistan

Australian combat troops have completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday, marking the end of the nation's longest war which left 40 of its soldiers dead. Abbott announced that more than 1,000 troops would pull out from the restive southern province of Uruzgan before the end of the year during a surprise visit to their base at Tarin Kot in October. The drawdown was completed Sunday and most soldiers were expected to be home for Christmas.

Last Australian combat troops leave Afghanistan

Australian combat troops have completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday marking the end of the nation's longest war, which has left 40 Australians dead. Abbott announced that more than 1,000 troops would be withdrawn from the restive southern province of Uruzgan before the end of the year during a surprise visit to their base at Tarin Kot in October. The drawdown from Uruzgan was completed Sunday and most soldiers were expected to be home for Christmas.

China, Afghanistan, Pakistan agree to enhance cooperation

China, Afghanistan, Pakistan agree to enhance cooperation KABUL, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The two-day third round of China- Afghanistan- Pakistan trilateral dialogue was concluded here in Kabul on Tuesday with agreement for further boosting cooperation among the three neighboring countries.

UN Security Council slams attacks on aid workers in Afghanistan

UN Security Council slams attacks on aid workers in Afghanistan UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday strongly condemned deadly attacks in two Afghan provinces last week, which led to the death of nine aid workers, stressing the need to "bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice."
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