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What did Canadian peacekeepers accomplish in Mali?

As Canada's peacekeeping mission in Mali draws down, journalist Richard Poplak talks to guest host Michelle Shephard about whether it made good on Ottawa's promise to return to peacekeeping.
A Canadian soldier provides security in Gao, Mali, on Dec. 22, 2018. Canada's peacekeeping mission in Mali is going to last a little longer than previously planned, but not as long as the United Nations hoped. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
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The UN's peacekeeping mission in Mali is one of the deadliest in recent history, as the country grapples with Islamist violence and other challenges. Canada has been part of the effort since last year. 

"Organized crime, smuggling, drug trafficking, human trafficking, terrorism — you can sort of name it, and Mali is afflicted by it," said journalist Richard Poplak. 

As Canada's participation in the Mali mission draws to a close, Poplak talks to guest host Michelle Shephard about whether the mission made good on Ottawa's promise to return to peacekeeping.

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