In the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Canada pledge to aid her ally, the United States, in the War on Terror. Beginning in late-2001/early-2002, Canadian combat troops, including the Joint Task Force 2 and elements of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, deployed to Afghanistan to neutralize al-Qaeda forces and topple the Taliban regime in that country.
In 2006, Canadian forces in Afghanistan increased in number and took on a major role in the war in Panjwaii and Kandahar districts. Even after the bulk of Canadian troops were withdrawn in 2011, a number of them remain to help train the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police and to rebuild Afghanistan.
158 Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan.
Researched and written by John Milner.