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Last month Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to make his position on Afghanistan clear: "The exit strategy is success," he said. "There will be no other conditions under which the government leaves Afghanistan."

     But the war in Afghanistan isn’t going well. NATO troops have not been able to stop the Taliban revival, or the emergence of an opium economy dominated by the Taliban and warlords.

     The spread of the Taliban insurgency has brought 100 suicide attacks this year. Also: According to an Associated Press count based on Afghan, NATO, and United States figures –more than 3,000 people have died in violence this year, mostly militants. Since the war began, forty Canadian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.


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