After 12 years, Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan formally ended Wednesday with a flag lowering ceremony in Kabul.
Canadian troops first arrived in October 2002, and since then have spent $1.65 billion on improving the Afghanistan society. Areas that received significant improvements include: access to education, especially for girls, a drop in infant and maternal mortality rates, and infrastructure projects, among others.
Heavy combat, roadside bombings and other dangerous clashes took the lives of 158 Canadian soldiers, one diplomat, one journalist and two civilian contractors.
Lyons, the Canadian ambassador, said that Canada would remain involved in building Afghanistan’s economy, particularly the resource sector.