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Harper on hand to greet last Canadian troops coming home from Afghanistan

Master Cpl. Anthony Alliot and Sarah Tooth kiss after the last Canadian troops from Afghanistan returned to Ottawa on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
March 18, 2014 - 10:28 AM

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston are welcoming home the last Canadian troops from Afghanistan.

They are among the families and friends filling a hangar in Ottawa for an emotional reunion.

The final 93 soldiers, who touched down on Canadian soil in a burly C-17 transport plane, are being greeted with cheers, tears and welcome home signs.

The plane was escorted by a pair of CF-18 fighter jets.

The Canadians formally lowered their flag in Kabul last week, marking the end of a long mission that cost the lives of 158 soldiers.

Families of some of those casualties are also on hand to greet the last detachment.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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