Canada: Troops home from Afghanistan in 2011

TORONTO (AP) -- Saying 10 years of war is enough, Canada's prime minister today renewed his pledge to pull his country's troops out of Afghanistan as scheduled in 2011.

Parliament agreed to that date last March.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the Canadian public has no appetite to keep soldiers in Afghanistan any longer and that he intends "to end it."

Harper did say that development assistance for Afghanistan will continue, and that a relative handful of troops would likely stay behind to offer technical support.

Canada has lost 97 soldiers and one diplomat in Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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