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The debate over Canada’s military deployment in Kandahar province has, until now, focused on the “why” question (why are we in Afghanistan?) and the “what” question (what is our mission in Afghanistan: peacekeeping or peacemaking?). As it is now clear that Canadian troops in Afghanistan are at war against the Taliban and its supporters, the major questions around which debate should occur is: What are the prospects of the mission’s success? Can we win this war? Can we achieve our objectives in Afghanistan?

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