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Last Canadian soldiers return home as Afghan mission ends

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, along with their families and friends, greeted the final contingent to leave the war-torn country after a 12-year mission.

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Major General Dean Milner shakes hands with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa March 18, 2014, after arriving from Afghanistan. Milner was among the last contingent of Canadian soldiers to leave the war-torn country as Canada’s 12-year mission formally ended.

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Leading Seaman Brett Price is reunited with his wife Brittany and daughter Brynlee in Ottawa after arriving from Afghanistan, March 18, 2014. Price was among the last contingent of Canadian soldiers to leave the war-torn country as Canada’s 12-year mission formally ended.

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Major Carl Gravel embraces his wife Genevieve in Ottawa March 18, 2014 after arriving from Afghanistan. Gravel was among the last contingent of Canadian soldiers to leave the war-torn country as Canada’s 12-year mission formally ended.

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Lieutenant-Commander Gina Connor, right, kisses her mother Liliana Creelman as her daughter Cassie Connor, left, looks on in Ottawa March 18, 2014, after arriving from Afghanistan. Connor was among the last contingent of Canadian soldiers to leave the war-torn country as Canada’s 12-year mission formally ended.

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Master Corporal Anthony Alliot kisses Sarah Tooth after arriving in Ottawa March 18, 2014, from Afghanistan. Alliot was among the last contingent of Canadian soldiers to leave the war-torn country as Canada’s 12-year mission formally ended.

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Warrant Officer Josie Swyer hugs her brother Roy Swyer in Ottawa March 18, 2014, after arriving from Afghanistan. Swyer was among the last contingent of Canadian soldiers to leave the war-torn country as Canada’s 12-year mission formally ended.

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The last Canadian soldiers returning from Afghanistan are greeted by dignitaries as they deplane in Ottawa March 18, 2014. They were among the last contingent of Canadian soldiers to leave the war-torn country as Canada’s 12-year mission formally ended.

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