New Canadian commander arrives in Kandahar
Canada's new military commander in Afghanistan arrived Friday in Kandahar, a week after his predecessor was relieved of command following allegations he was involved in an inappropriate personal relationship while in theatre.
Brig.-Gen. Jon Vance will lead Canada's 2,800 military personnel in the country until the fall.
Vance was given the task after Brig.-Gen. Daniel Ménard was accused of engaging in an intimate relationship, contrary to military policy.
Military police investigators are still examining the allegations and have not said when their investigation might be complete.
Vance has served as Canada's top soldier in Afghanistan before, from February 2009 to November 2009. He will lead the Canadian military pending the arrival of the next commander, Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner.
Vance arrives at a pivotal time as NATO launches an offensive aimed at flushing the Taliban out of insurgent strongholds in the midst of the summer fighting season.
With files from The Canadian Press