Special forces working outside the wire to escort Canadians, Afghans onto flights to Canada: official


Federal ministers say Canada will help with evacuation as long as security situation permits. The federal government has confirmed for the first time that Canada’s special forces are operating outside the security cordon of the airport in Afghanistan’s capital, working to shepherd people from Kabul into the airport. “In order to respond to questions about our efforts on the ground inside and outside of [Hamid Karzai International Airport], the CAF has made the decision to disclose that Canada’s special operations forces have been and continue to work outside the confines of HKIA,” a government official said on background. “Members of Canada’s special operations forces are working relentlessly to bring as many Canadian citizens and eligible Afghan nationals and their families through the security gates to waiting aircrafts,” the official said during a briefing for journalists Monday. The disclosure that Canada’s special forces are operating outside the confines of the Kabul airport is significant because it marks a departure from the federal government’s policy of not divulging operational details of the special forces currently working in Afghanistan.

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