The Canadian flag was lowered for the very last time on March 12, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. While some Canadian soldiers remained until March 18, the flag lowering ceremony indicates the end of the Afghan War for the Canadians.

After 9/11, Canada quickly followed the Americans into Afghanistan, as JTF-2 Operators from Task Force 11 were working alongside Special Operations Forces from different branches of the American Military.

Canada’s role in Afghanistan changed focus on different occasions but the main goal would remain the same for the entire 12 years as it’s clearly written on the Government of Canada website about Canada’s Engagement in Afghanistan:

“Canada’s goal is to help Afghans rebuild Afghanistan into a viable country that is better governed, more stable and secure, and never again a safe haven for terrorists.”

Canada lost 158 soldiers, mostly to IED strikes, during the 12 year deployment. While this might not look like a lot from an American perspective, Canada sustained the highest per capita ratio of death in Afghanistan.

The Canadian population is now being asked, through the mainstream media, if they think Canada, alongside its allies, won the war in Afghanistan.

Well, certainly not!

We may not have won the war, but the Canadian soldiers, and I should include all ISAF soldiers who served in Afghanistan, did their very best to do their job. We all lost brothers down there, whether they were from the same teams, friends from foreign military or even Afghan soldiers who were fiercely fighting to gain a grasp of their country.