Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says two Canadian military aircraft are station to resume “flying regularly” into Kabul as part of the international effort to evacuate civilians and voters fleeing the Taliban takeover.
Global News has confirmed the advance comes after Canada and the U.S. reached a deal to allow Canadian aircraft to start flying into and out of Kabul. But there are no details but on when the flights will start arriving in Kabul or returning dwelling.
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“Canadian Armed Forces flights to and from Hamid Karzai International Airport will resume rapidly beneath Op AEGIS,” tweeted Sajjan, who’s running for re-election as the Liberal MP for Vancouver South, on Wednesday night.
Operation Aegis is the military’s contribution to the evacuation effort.
He said two CC-177 Globemasters have been assigned and will probably be “flying regularly” into Kabul.
Update on Afghanistan:
Canadian Armed Forces flights to and from Hamid Karzai International Airport will resume rapidly beneath Op AEGIS. Two CC-177 Globemasters have been assigned to evacuation efforts and will probably be flying regularly into Kabul.
— Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) August 18, 2021
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Jessica Lamirande, spokesperson for the department, said the flights will proceed “as long as the protection situation on the floor permits, and will focal point on evacuating Canadian voters, permanent residents, and Afghan Nationals who have an enduring relationship with Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.”
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“We are dedicated to this important mission, and can assure Canadians that we are doing every part we can to assist,” she said in an email.
The Globemaster aircraft is billed by the military as a “premier transporter for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.” It can carry a maximum weight of 265,350 kilograms.
That’s equivalent to 102 paratroopers or three H-146 Griffon helicopters with refueling tanks, according to the Royal Canadian Air Force net region.
More to come.
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