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23 April 2024

Canadian PM says Western forces won’t be able to defeat Afghan insurgency

A soldier keeps vigil on the turret of a VAB armored personnel carrier as he passes by burqa-clad Afghan women in Nijrab in Kapisa province. There are nearly 70,000 international troops in Afghanistan under the command of ISAF and a separate US-led coalition. (AFP PHOTO)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Western forces alone cannot defeat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

Harper also said in an interview aired on CNN on Sunday that the United States must come up with a viable exit strategy before asking other countries to do more.

The Obama administration is reviewing the war strategy in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama declined to ask Canada to do more in Afghanistan when he visited Ottawa last month.