Canadian Soldiers Made ‘Progress’ in Afghanistan: Defense Minister

Kandahar was made a better place by Canada’s military presence, Canada’s Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said following The Washington Post’s publication of documents that suggest successive U.S. administrations saw the Afghanistan war as unwinnable.

Sajjan, who did three tours of Afghanistan as an intelligence liaison and later as an adviser to American commanders, said he personally saw progress throughout his time there.

Sajjan defended Canada’s military and development record but has ducked the question of whether the Conservative government of the day knew how deeply pessimistic some of the allies had become about the war’s conduct and prospects for success.

The troops on the ground, Sajjan said, were fully aware of the challenges they faced.

“One thing I assure you, our understanding of our situation was extremely high,” he said, adding the Canadian army’s view was shared with its “partners.
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