The Canadian press
The acting chief of defense says the Canadian mission in Kabul has ended and the vast majority of Canadian personnel left the airport about eight hours ago.
He says Canada evacuated around 3,700 people from Afghanistan who fell to the Taliban earlier this month.
Eyre says the airport has been under constant threat of attack and Canada and its allies have acted admirably.
He says they all wish they could have stayed longer and evacuated more people, and the fact that they couldn’t was “really heartbreaking”.
He says Canadian personnel will have to think about whether all the efforts in Afghanistan were worth it, but that Canadians have made a difference in thousands of lives.
In this US Marine Corps picture, a member of the Canadian coalition forces walks during the ongoing evacuations at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 through a checkpoint for the evacuation. (Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla / USA) Marine Corps via AP)
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