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Afghanistan Wants Candian Troops to Stay

Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked Canada not to withdrawal troops from Afghanistan when their mission ends in early 2009, fearing that the Taliban will take back the country.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website, Karzai made the plea during a private meeting with Canadian journalists in Kabul, Afghanistan. He also told them that "Afghanistan would not be able to stand on its own by February 2009, when Canada's current combat mandate ends."

So far, 70 Canadians have died in Afghanistan, most in road-side explosions, according to Reuters. Canada's minority Conservative Party says they will not extend the mission unless parliament approves.