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Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a carefully planned and closely guarded mission to show support for Canadian troops and diplomatic staff. *snip* Harper said the Canadian force in Afghanistan serves the national interest because:
International terrorism is rooted in the country. "It was in Afghanistan that Sept. 11 started."
The country is a major source of narcotics, which have a terrible impact on Canada.
It shows Canada providing international leadership and humanitarian aid.