Canada in Afghanistan

Canada in Afghanistan

Posted on October 1 by admin
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In 2011, Canada removed the majority of its armed forced in Afghanistan, effectively ending Canada’s decade-long military role in the region. The campaign’s legacy and overall impact remain contentious points of debate today, but in 2007, with causalities mounting, Canadians demanded to know why the country was involved in Afghanistan at all, mired in a conflict in which, as became increasingly evident, it had no direct interests.

Peter Pigott’s Canada in Afghanistan: The War so Far attempts to make sense of the conflict that, at the time (and, to a great extent, still to this day), was largely unintelligible to the bulk of Canadians. In his in depth account, Pigott paints a complex portrait of Afghanistan and its history as he traces Canada’s path to war following 9/11. The book goes into vivid detail describing failed operations and the resulting causalities, and the challenges of provincial reconstruction. Canada in Afghanistan is a compelling time capsule that elucidates the past, attempts to account for the present, forecasts the future, and captures the general anxiety and self-questioning of a nation at war.