Afghanistan

Master Corporal (ret’d) Mitchel Claypool (kneeling on right) is seen with his section, E33D, in Sperwan Ghar, Kandahar, Afghanistan in September 2007. (Photo submitted: Mitchel Claypool)

Cloverdale veteran recalls his time in Afghanistan

‘It was one of the hardest, yet most valuable, experiences of my life,’ says Claypool

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes questions on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Trudeau joins G20 leaders in pushing Taliban for aid access, respect for rights

European Union reveals support package of $1.4 billion, about two-thirds of which was new money

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Obaidullah Rahimi, right, his wife Arezoo, and daughter Hawa, 2 months, after assembling care packages for the recently resettled Afghan family for Thanksgiving in Ottawa, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Obaidullah Rahimi worked at the Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan; his family is one of 22 resettled Afghan families in the Ottawa area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Prime minister marks start of Thanksgiving holiday by meeting Afghan refugee family

The government has committed to resettling 40,000 people from Afghanistan

 

Taliban fighters sit in a pickup truck at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Some 200 foreigners, including Americans, flew out of Afghanistan on an international commercial flight from Kabul airport on Thursday, the first such large-scale departure since U.S and foreign forces concluded their frantic withdrawal at the end of last month. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Afghan women ministers warned Canada of Taliban atrocities in June: senator

Desperate request was made during a Zoom meeting two months before the Taliban took control of Kabul

Taliban fighters sit in a pickup truck at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Some 200 foreigners, including Americans, flew out of Afghanistan on an international commercial flight from Kabul airport on Thursday, the first such large-scale departure since U.S and foreign forces concluded their frantic withdrawal at the end of last month. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2021. Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul

200 Afghans, including female students and dancers, make daring overland escape

Taliban decreed male high-school students should return to the classroom, but not girls

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2021. Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2021, file photo, an Afghan refugee living in India wearing a scarf in the colors of Afghanistan flag participates in a protest against the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan outside the office of United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, in New Delhi, India. India’s leaders are anxiously watching the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, fearing that it will benefit their bitter rival Pakistan and feed a long-simmering insurgency in the disputed region of Kashmir, where militants already have a foothold. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

With Taliban’s rise, India sees renewed threat in Kashmir

India’s leaders are anxiously watching the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, fearing that…

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2021, file photo, an Afghan refugee living in India wearing a scarf in the colors of Afghanistan flag participates in a protest against the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan outside the office of United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, in New Delhi, India. India’s leaders are anxiously watching the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, fearing that it will benefit their bitter rival Pakistan and feed a long-simmering insurgency in the disputed region of Kashmir, where militants already have a foothold. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
Wais Habibzai, an Afghan-Canadian property developer seen at Big 5 Dubai Expo at the Canada pavilion in an undated handout photo, has spent $50,000 providing Afghans who have fled the Taliban with essentials, including baby milk and clothes. Habibzai has been praised as a “shining example of Canadian compassion” by the Minister for Refugees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Marques Declou,

Entrepreneur helping Afghans is ‘shining example of Canadian compassion’: minister

Many of the refugees arrived with only the clothes on their backs and Wais Habibzai has been buying them more

Wais Habibzai, an Afghan-Canadian property developer seen at Big 5 Dubai Expo at the Canada pavilion in an undated handout photo, has spent $50,000 providing Afghans who have fled the Taliban with essentials, including baby milk and clothes. Habibzai has been praised as a “shining example of Canadian compassion” by the Minister for Refugees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Marques Declou,
Refugees from Afghanistan and Canadian Citizens board a bus after being processed at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021, after arriving indirectly from Afghanistan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada helped 145 Afghan refugees flee overland to Pakistan

Alexander Cohen said 2,200 Afghan refugees have resettled in Canada so far, with another 400 in transit

Refugees from Afghanistan and Canadian Citizens board a bus after being processed at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021, after arriving indirectly from Afghanistan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A Taliban soldier walks on the tarmac at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. Some domestic flights have resumed at Kabul’s airport, with the state-run Ariana Afghan Airline operating flights to three provinces. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

Westerners fly out of Kabul in first large-scale departure since the withdrawal

Americans, Germans, Hungarians and Canadians were among those aboard flight

A Taliban soldier walks on the tarmac at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. Some domestic flights have resumed at Kabul’s airport, with the state-run Ariana Afghan Airline operating flights to three provinces. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)
Film maker Alison MacLean with one of the many ‘fixers’ who helped her during her years in Afghanistan, at Camp Marmal in Mazar E Sharif while she was in a media embed with German and US troops. (Contributed photo)

Former Semiahmoo Peninsula filmmaker keeps faith with Afghan friends

Alison MacLean and White Rock Rotarians assist refugee relocation

Film maker Alison MacLean with one of the many ‘fixers’ who helped her during her years in Afghanistan, at Camp Marmal in Mazar E Sharif while she was in a media embed with German and US troops. (Contributed photo)
Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pose for a photo during their meeting in Tianjin, China, in a July 28, 2021, photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency. With the United States and its allies, Canada included, having left Afghanistan firmly in the hands of the Taliban, another world power is stepping into the void to exert its influence on the troubled country – China. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Xinhua, Li Ran

Canada, allies watchful of how China will fill Western void in Afghanistan

Afghanistan and China share a small piece of land border that abuts the Chinese province of Xinjiang

Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pose for a photo during their meeting in Tianjin, China, in a July 28, 2021, photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency. With the United States and its allies, Canada included, having left Afghanistan firmly in the hands of the Taliban, another world power is stepping into the void to exert its influence on the troubled country – China. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Xinhua, Li Ran
Abdul, whose identity is being concealed, is desperate to get his family out of Afghanistan, particularly since the Taliban takeover of the country in Mid-August. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford man fights to get family out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan

Abdul has been in Canada for three years after leaving due to death threats related to his work

Abdul, whose identity is being concealed, is desperate to get his family out of Afghanistan, particularly since the Taliban takeover of the country in Mid-August. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
In this photo provided to The Associated Press, members of the Afghanistan national girls youth soccer team and their families are seen in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sun., Aug. 29, 2021. International efforts to rescue them and soccer federation staff suffered a crushing setback last week after a suicide bomb detonated at the Kabul airport and the CIA blew up its last remaining outpost to keep sensitive information and equipment from falling into the hands of the Taliban. (AP Photo)

VIDEO: Effort underway to rescue girls soccer team from Afghanistan

Taliban have been vague on their policy toward women so far, but many fear it will be the same as before

In this photo provided to The Associated Press, members of the Afghanistan national girls youth soccer team and their families are seen in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sun., Aug. 29, 2021. International efforts to rescue them and soccer federation staff suffered a crushing setback last week after a suicide bomb detonated at the Kabul airport and the CIA blew up its last remaining outpost to keep sensitive information and equipment from falling into the hands of the Taliban. (AP Photo)
Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau waits for a virtual meeting to begin with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ottawa, Friday, February 26, 2021. Garneau says an estimated 1,250 Canadian citizens, permanent residents and family members are still in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of all U.S. troops on Monday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa pins hopes on Kabul airport reopening as hundreds with links to Canada stuck

End of Western evacuation flights from Kabul has left Canadian veterans, refugee advocates and others scrambling

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau waits for a virtual meeting to begin with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ottawa, Friday, February 26, 2021. Garneau says an estimated 1,250 Canadian citizens, permanent residents and family members are still in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of all U.S. troops on Monday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau waits for a virtual meeting to begin with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ottawa, Friday, February 26, 2021. Garneau says an estimated 1,250 Canadian citizens, permanent residents and family members are still in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of all U.S. troops on Monday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

More than 1,200 people with links to Canada still in Afghanistan: Garneau

Garneau says Canada and other allies are pushing the Taliban to allow anyone with travel documents to leave

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau waits for a virtual meeting to begin with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Ottawa, Friday, February 26, 2021. Garneau says an estimated 1,250 Canadian citizens, permanent residents and family members are still in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of all U.S. troops on Monday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Pakistan and Taliban flags are seen on their respective sides near Friendship gate at a border crossing point in Chaman, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Hundreds of Pakistanis and Afghans cross the border daily through Chaman to visit relatives, receive medical treatment and for business-related activities. Pakistani has not placed any curbs on their movement despite recent evacuations from Kabul. (AP Photo)

Canadian groups look to Pakistan border as U.S. ends flights from Afghanistan

The Taliban have been reportedly turning Afghans with travel documents away from the airport

Pakistan and Taliban flags are seen on their respective sides near Friendship gate at a border crossing point in Chaman, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Hundreds of Pakistanis and Afghans cross the border daily through Chaman to visit relatives, receive medical treatment and for business-related activities. Pakistani has not placed any curbs on their movement despite recent evacuations from Kabul. (AP Photo)
President Joe Biden holds a presidential challenge coin as he speaks with Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Air Force Col. Chip Hollinger and others after participating in a casualty return Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base. Biden embarked on a solemn journey Sunday to honor and mourn the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport as their remains return to U.S. soil from Afghanistan. First lady Jill Biden is at right. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Last troops exit Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war

More than 1,100 troops from coalition countries and over 100,000 Afghan forces and civilians died in the war

President Joe Biden holds a presidential challenge coin as he speaks with Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Air Force Col. Chip Hollinger and others after participating in a casualty return Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base. Biden embarked on a solemn journey Sunday to honor and mourn the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport as their remains return to U.S. soil from Afghanistan. First lady Jill Biden is at right. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
In this photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, Canadian coalition forces assist during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

Advocates blast Immigration Department’s silence on Afghan requests for help

Canada’s last military flight left Afghanistan on Thursday

In this photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, Canadian coalition forces assist during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)
Afghan women in burqas walk on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul

Garneau says Americans got 500 more Canadians out of Kabul on Thursday flight

Garneau says neighbouring countries are in talks with the Taliban to reopen the Kabul airport

Afghan women in burqas walk on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul
A U.S. soldier holds a sign indicating a gate is closed as hundreds of people gather some holding documents, near an evacuation control checkpoint on the perimeter of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

Canada’s last military flight leaves Kabul before deadly twin bombings rock airport

Canadian military personnel who stayed behind to assist the American withdrawal were safe

A U.S. soldier holds a sign indicating a gate is closed as hundreds of people gather some holding documents, near an evacuation control checkpoint on the perimeter of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)