Afghanistan Archive Feature

Canada's soldiers are finally coming home.

The first wave of combat troops withdrawing from Afghanistan arrived at CFB Val Cartier near Quebec City this week. By the end of July, all nineteen hundred will have returned to their home bases.

In their place, several hundred soldiers will be deployed to train and assist the Afghans as they take back control of the country. But those Canadian troops won't be fighting.

It's been almost a decade since the war in Afghanistan began. And it has been five-and-a-half years since Canada took on the tough and deadly job of wresting control of Kandahar province from insurgents.

In this special feature, we look back at the Kandahar mission through the As It Happens archives. We'll hear from the soldiers who did the fighting, and their families -- and from regular Afghans living through the war.

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