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General Thomas Lawson, right, Chief of the Defence Staff , returns a salute to Major General Dean Milner, last Commander of the Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission in Afghanistan, during the flag-lowering ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul on March 12, 2014. The ceremony marked the end of Canada's 12-year military involvement in Afghanistan.
General Thomas Lawson, right, Chief of the Defence Staff , returns a salute to Major General Dean Milner, last Commander of the Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission in Afghanistan, during the flag-lowering ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul on March 12, 2014. The ceremony marked the end of Canada's 12-year military involvement in Afghanistan.
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Canada’s Afghan mission finally closes, with some unfinished business

It’s over – again. The Maple Leaf flag came down in Kabul on Wednesday, marking the end of Canada’s 12 years of military involvement in Afghanistan.

The final three-year training mission, the last task of Canadian soldiers, was always a coda – reluctantly accepted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government as a kind of after-mission in a war it wanted to leave.