Mark Collins – ‘Canadian Forces training mission in Kabul was not “small”‘

Further to this post some two years ago,

Afghanistan and Fact-Challenged Canadian Media

“Canada’s National Newspaper” provides another example of the syndrome–a letter sent to the Globe and Mail and not published:

Dear Editor,

In your editorial “What Canada did – and did not – achieve in Afghanistan” (online April 14) you write that “After the combat mission ended in 2011, a small contingent of trainers remained in Kabul. That final, fourth phase of the war passed unnoticed…” That contingent was however hardly small; it had a strength of some 950 personnel, more than Canada now plans to contribute to the anti-ISIS mission.

No wonder that fourth phase of our military mission in Afghanistan–which only ended in 2014–passed so little noticed by our media if even your editorial writer is unaware of its large size.

Dear oh dear. That training mission didn’t bleed (one dead, see Oct. 29 2011 here) so it got no lede.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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