Packing up an "Iron Mountain" of gear
This week on The House, guest-host and national radio reporter James Cudmore brings you a special edition of the program from Afghanistan.
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Canada's new mission in Afghanistan
As Canada's troops transition from combat to training, Cudmore asks Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk what exactly are we handing over to
U.S. troops? How will Canadian soldiers help Afghan forces take over their own
security by 2014? And finally, is this new training mission without risk?
Canada's sacrifices in Afghanistan
Canadian troops will stay on in a training role until March 2014. What does
Canada hope to accomplish between now and then? Is 2014 a firm exit date? And
what have the sacrifices of our service men and women been for? Cudmore asks Defence Minister Peter Mackay.
The first waves of Canadian combat soldiers are already on their way home. But there's another group who's only starting to arrive in Kandahar: the Mission Transition Task Force. Those 16-hundred troops will spend the better part of the next six months, packing up equipment and vehicles and shipping it home to Canada. As you can imagine, it's a monumental task.
Looking after Afghanistan war veterans
Pat Stogran is likely best-known for his tenure as Canada's first Veterans
Ombudsman. He also lead Canada's first contingent in Afghanistan in 2002.
Colonel (Ret'd) Pat Stogran recently returned from a visit to Afghanistan. James asks him what progress has been made and can our counter-insurgency plans defeat
the Taliban? Finally, are Canada's veterans of war in Afghanistan being well
Saying goodbye to a 'Savage War'
Over the past 6 years, Canadian Press reporter Murray Brewster has spent more than 15 months in Afghanistan. He's even written a book about the conflict -- The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan
. Cudmore sits down with Brewster on the boardwalk at Kandahar Air Field to reflect on the situation in Afghanistan.
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