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The Canadian airlift mission from Kabul ends

Canada’s mission in Afghanistan has ended and most military personnel have left the war-torn country, Acting Chief of Defence Staff Wayne Eyre said in Ottawa.

In a statement on Thursday, Eyre said a small contingent has stayed behind to support allies, adding that Canada has helped evacuate more than 3,700 people from Kabul.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had announced on Tuesday that Canada will keep its army personnel in Afghanistan despite US President Joe Biden’s commitment for a 31st August US military deadline in the country.

Canada will continue to put pressure on the Taliban to allow people to leave Afghanistan, Trudeau said.

Trudeau’s comments came after the Tuesday virtual summit of G7 leaders who met to discuss whether an extension of the US military commitment to Afghanistan is needed for evacuating all foreign nationals and vulnerable Afghans who helped the US and the NATO allies.

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