mission 'successful' but demanding on personnel: Hillier
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 | 7:07 PM ET
Canada's top soldier says the country's troops are successfully
carrying out their mission in Afghanistan — but Gen. Rick Hillier
warned the deployment is forcing the military to make use of
every asset it has.
The troops are making an important difference in Afghanistan,
Hillier, Canada's chief of defence staff, told the House of
Commons defence committee in Ottawa on Wednesday.
He said they have been able to make use of intelligence and
local information to target key Taliban commanders and protect
But Hillier added that the demands of the mission are prompting
military commanders and defence officials to look for new ways
of finding personnel.
He said this included deploying soldiers overseas who were not
originally meant to be sent abroad.
"We'll re-role people that are in the training system right
now but who are designed to be something else," Hillier told
File Photo from Afghanistan President