Canadian troops should stay in Afghanistan after 2011: Gates

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Kandahar (Afghanistan), Dec.12 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that Canadian troops should continue fighting the war in Afghanistan after their mission's scheduled end in 2011.

Speaking with front-line commanders and the press, Gates was quoted by the Globe and Mail as saying: "Everybody would agree that holding your own isn't good enough. The countries that have partnered with the United States and Afghanistan here in RC-South have made an extraordinary commitment."

"Proportionally, none have worked harder or sacrificed more than the Canadians. They have been outstanding partners for us, and all I can tell you, as has been the case for a very long time, the longer we can have Canadian soldiers as our partners, the better it is," he said. (ANI)

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