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The move-out mission: What it will take to close Kandahar

Last Updated: July 5, 2011

(Colin Perkel/Canadian Press)

Rifles, coffee pots, barbecues and armoured vehicles alike are among the extensive inventory of 75,000 items being scrutinized by a team of about 350 Canadian soldiers at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. The objects, amassed by the Canadian troops over the past decade, will be sold, destroyed or returned home.

The Mission Closure Unit, racing to meet a Dec. 31 deadline, is operating under the motto: "Bring Away With Effort And Honour." Soldiers are arriving daily to help catalogue, clean, dismantle and pack the items into about 1,800 scrubbed shipping containers. The effort has been likened to moving a small village across an ocean.

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