Media advisory - An eleventh group of canadian troops takes off for Afghanistan

    VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Close to 140 soldiers of
Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF AFG) Rotation 4 will join their colleagues
in Afghanistan this Thursday, August 2, to take part in a mission that aims to
bolster security and reconstruction efforts.

    Media representatives are invited to meet soldiers and their families
while they are all gathered at the Valcartier Garrison on August 2, between
4:30 P.M. and 6:15 P.M., before their departure for Jean Lesage International

    This flight is the 11th since June 15, which will bring the total number
of JTF AFG ROTO 4 troops deployed on the ground to approximately 1300.
    The Canadian Forces' contribution in Afghanistan, represented by JTF AFG,
consists of approximately 2,500 CF members who belong to units from various
regions in Canada. To find out the composition of JTF AFG ROTO 4, visit:, section "Latest News" (bottom of Web page).
    This represents the 4th rotation of Canadian troops in Afghanistan since
OPERATION ATHENA began in Kandahar, in July 2006, hence the term JTF AFG ROTO
4. To learn more about the Canadian Forces' contribution in the international
mission in Afghanistan, please visit
    Media representatives who wish to attend the gathering of CF members at
Valcartier are asked to contact Alex Maillé at (418) 844-5000 ext 4224. They
also are invited to come to the front gate of Valcartier Garrison on August 2
starting at 4:15 P.M., to be escorted to the meeting place.

    Note: Media representatives will not be able to access secured zones and
the strip of Jean Lesage International Airport. However, they will be able to
film or take pictures of soldiers from a sector located near the boarding
zone. Cameramen and photographers are therefore invited to show up at 700, rue
de l'Aéroport to cover the takeoff.

For further information:

For further information: Lieutenant (Navy) Bruno Tremblay, 5 CMBG Public
Affairs Officer, (418) 844-5000, ext 4688, Pager: (418) 260-3082

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