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Afghan Leader Urges Canada To Remain Committed --> Hamid Karzai (file photo) (epa) September 22, 2006 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai today called on Canada to keep its troops in Afghanistan to continue helping the country stabilize and rebuild.

Speaking at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Karzai urged Canada not to be discouraged by increasing deaths of its troops on Afghan soil. He said their efforts are keeping the world safe from terrorism.

Karzai is in Canada for a three-day state visit. During his stay, Karzai is expected to meet with family members of Canadian soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan. Since 2002, 36 Canadian troops and a senior diplomat have died there.

In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 21, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the international community cannot afford to fail in Afghanistan.

Canada maintains around 2,300 troops serving with NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan.

(compiled from agency reports)
The Afghan Insurgency

A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)

HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.


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