October 2001 Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien commits Canadian troops to Afghanistan as part of an international force to combat terrorism. April 2002 Four Canadian soldiers die when a US jet drops a bomb on them, mistaking them for the Taleban. August 2003 Canada reopens its embassy in Kabul. April 2004 Liberal prime minister Paul Martin commits troops to the mission until summer 2005. February 2005 Defence minister Bill Graham announces Canada is doubling the Afghan deployment to 1,100, up from 600 troops. January 2006 Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry dies after a suicide bomber strikes a military convoy near Kandahar. May 2006 The Canadian government under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper extends the Afghan deployment by two years. October 2006 In 40 cities and towns across Canada, anti-war groups hold demonstrations demanding the government bring troops home. December 2006 Canadian Press chooses the Canadian soldier as the Newsmaker of 2006. April 2007 A motion by the opposition Liberal party to set an exit date for troops from Afghanistan is voted down by the Conservatives and the NDP.