The last Canadian troops lowered their flag in Kabul on Tuesday in preparation for leaving Afghanistan for good.
More than 40,000 Canadian servicemembers fought in Afghanistan over the years, beginning in 2001. At least 158 troops died there, according to the website iCasualties.org.
As part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, Canadian troops made their mark in the volatile Kandahar province in the south.
“The Canadian Armed Forces have been a reliable and significant partner in the success of the ISAF mission,” U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, ISAF commander, said in a statement.
NATO is preparing to withdraw all combat troops by the end of 2014, but there are ongoing negotiations over an extended advising mission. ISAF says the Canadian government has committed to spending $330 million to help fund Afghan security forces.