Did we win? Canadians who served in Afghanistan reflect on the prospects for peace

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/afghanistan-taliban-trump-peace-deal-1.5493747

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Bickering and divided, Afghan leaders are expected to stumble toward the peace table with the Taliban at some point soon. It’s an event that likely won’t register on officials’ radar in Ottawa — where COVID-19 and plunging oil prices have nailed decision-makers to their desks. It will, however, receive the rapt attention of tens of thousands of Canadians whose lives have been intertwined with — or irrecoverably altered by — a war that came within a whisker of defeating former prime minister Stephen Harper’s minority government. The sixth anniversary of the flag coming down on Canada’s military mission in the ruined south Asian country passed on Thursday without fanfare. It has been almost a decade now since Canadian combat operations in Kandahar ended and were handed over to U.S. forces.