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Updated ~11:30UTC and ~23:30UTC

Background Information & Research Information


CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)


11 Jan 09

Brian Richard Good, R.I.P.:  He's Home - More - more

 

Looking at the Stats

 

CAN Choppers Limbering Up for the Fight

 

New Senior CAN Rep in K'Har Takes Over

 

Bad Day for USA Troops - New USA Commander of Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command — Afghanistan

 

Spotting Suspicious Cash, Cell Phones and Inner Tubes in Kandahar

 

AUS Has Plan to End of 2012 - AUS Forces Nail Bad Guy Responsible for Latest Fallen

 

USA Veep-Elect Meets with UN Reps - Also Visits AFG, Military Leaders - Told More Choppers Needed

 

 

10 Jan 09

Brian Richard Good, R.I.P.:  More on Return Home This Afternoon - ISAF Feature on Ramp Ceremony

 

Questions About How IEDs are Being Dealt With in South?

 

CAN DefMin on USA Surge: "It's my hope that it will make a difference and that we'll see, as we have in the past, the trend start to track downward when it comes to casualties."

 

Company Chosen for CAN Signature Project @ Dahla Dam - Original Request for Proposal Abstract

 

Outgoing Top CAN Diplomat in K'Har Proud of Work Done - Most Proud of Police, Security Work

 

More on CAN's New UAVs

 

K'Har Resident in IND for Surgery:  Biggest Problem Not Taliban or Foreign Troops, but Local Government

 

Three ISAF Troops Killed in South - Five USA Troops Killed in Blasts in Zabul, Nimroz & K'Har

 

NATO Mil Commander:  Worldwide $ Crunch Could Affect AFG Ops - More - Worries About European Pull-Back - US Generals Predict LOOOONG Time Before Dust Truly Settles

Petraeus:  "Peace and stability in Afghanistan are incomplete without improving relations among the country and its neighbors" - More

 

US Veep-Elect Drops By - More - more

 

AFG Op Mentored by AUS Troops in Uruzgan

 

Afghans Wary of Militia Plan

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "Violent clashes with U.S. naval forces in Sangen, Helmend 9/1/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - "9 British invader army terrorists killed in Helmand, 5 British invader army terrorists killed in Helmand, (2 tanks) of Australian invader army destroyed in Uruzgan, Martyrdom Operation kills puppet police commander and 8 puppet terrorists in Nemroz"

 

Think Tank Report (.pdf):  "Only decisive improvements in capability by the ANA and ANP can create the security environment necessary for future development. There are many countries that can and should provide crucial assistance, including the Afghan government. Only the US, however, has the resources to change this situation." - Report synposis

 

Author of "The Great Gamble":  "We have to do, essentially, the opposite of what the Soviets did .... We have to be incredibly sensitive to the needs of the local population. And our mission is to rebuild the society so that the government can be sustainable."

 

Remember the CAN "Web Publisher" Nabbed in PAK?

 

 

9 Jan 09

Brian Richard Good, R.I.P.:  On His Way Home - More - Arriving Home Saturday - Remembered by Family and Fellow Colleagues

 

B.C. Family Proud of "Mentioned in Dispatches" Soldier

Report:  CAN PRT Had Teething Pains Setting Up Shop

 

Two ISAF Troops Killed in Maiwand Bazaar Suicide Attack - ISAF Condemns Attack - Dead Confirmed as USA Troops - AFG Police:  CAN Soldiers Injured in Bazaar in Maiwand District??? - More - Taliban takes credit, claiming "Martyrdom Operation kills 15 Canadian invader army terrorists and destroys 2 tanks in Kandahar"

 

Social Scientist Torched by Afghan in Helmand Dies from Burns - More - more - more - A Niece Remembers

 

Helmand "IED Facilitator" Nailed

 

More on OP Red Dagger in Helmand

 

Petraeus:  Big Push Needed - Says USA, IRN Share Interests in AFG - AFG Foreign Minister: "One cannot simply build bridges, but must also protect them"

 

Brit Dragoons Get AFV Upgrade Before Headed to AFG

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "We have focused on mines these days because that is very helpful to us. We killed so many Canadians, this is not our good luck - we deliberately want to kill Canadians" - "1 vehicle of Nato invaders army destroyed in Kandahar 8/1/09" - "2 tanks of British invader army destroyed in Helmand 8/1/09" - "British invader army helicopter shot down in Helmand 8/1/09" - Statement:  "The Islamic Emirate believes that the invaders’ apparent change of direction to accept a diplomatic solutions is the result of the huge losses caused to them at the hand of Mujahideen through decisive attacks."

 

2 Million Afghans Unemployed

 

"Officials: new NATO routes to Afghanistan likely"

 

 

8 Jan 09

Brian Richard Good, R.I.P.:  G-G/Commander-in-Chief Statement - Prime Minister's Statement - Defence Minister's Statement - CEFCOM Statement - ISAF Statement - Reportedly Returning Home Saturday - Canadian Press - Globe & Mail - More - Sun Media - CTV.ca - Reuters - One of the Injured from Windsor, Ontario

 

Taliban Learning Fast, Adapting Tactics

 

Michael Freeman, R.I.P.: Ontario's Coroner Says His Team Did Autopsy as Soon as Possible

 

Officer Accused of Murder Free on Bail, Conditions:  Canadian Press - Ottawa Citizen/National Post - Toronto Star - Sun Media - Globe & Mail

 

Getting Ready for Future Tour in Moose Jaw - Another Tour Prepping in Wainwright - Returning Reservists Get Belated Official Welcome Home

 

Analysis:  "What happens when the world's best counterinsurgency force meets a witch's brew of terrorists, multiple insurgencies and hardened narco-traffickers deep in the interior of Eurasia? In Afghanistan in 2009, we are about to find out"

 

USA General Quoted by PAK Media Saying More Close Air Support to Come - Paper:  "even as mounting civilian casualties are alienating the Afghan populace, excessive restraint in the use of airstrikes may be handicapping U.S. counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts"

 

AUS Looking into Firefight in Baluchi Valley - More - Latest AUS Fallen On His Way Home - Family's Statement - Brit Troops Help Distribute Seed Wheat in Helmand - EST Mil Commander Drops By Troops in Helmand

Taliban Propaganda Watch: "American and British invaders forces martyr 34 civilians 7/1/09" - "5 British invader army terrorists killed in Helmand 7/1/09" - "1 tank of Nato invaders army destroyed in Kandahar 7/1/09" - "4 American invader army supplies vehicles torched in Helmand 7/1/09" - "Puppet army commander vehicle ambushed in Kandahar 7/1/09"

 

Worries About Graphic TV Programs Aimed at Keeping Folks from Joining Taliban

 

Is PAK-AFG Nice-Nice Talk Just Rhetoric? - Still, USA Pleased PAK and AFG Talking Nice

 

 

7 Jan 09

Brian Richard Good, R.I.P.:  RCD Trooper Killed, Three Troops Injured, in Shah Wali Kowt IED Blast (CF Statement) - Globe & Mail - National Post

 

3 RCR Battle Group Keeping Up the Pressure Over Winter - How CAN Artillery Is Helping in the Fight

 

CBC Helmet Video Feature of One CAN Soldier's Fight in AFG

 

John Michael Roy Curwin, Thomas James Hamilton, Justin Peter Jones, R.I.P. Memorial Service Set for Friday at CFB Gagetown

 

Military Judges to Rule Whether Officer Charged with Second Degree Murder Remains in Jail Today:  Canadian Press - More - National Post - More - Globe & Mail - More - Toronto Star - More - Sun Media - CTV.ca - CBC.ca - Agence France-Presse - Xinhua (CHN) - Daily Times (PAK)  - UPDATE:  Released from Custody with Conditions

 

Public Hearings Coming on CAN Detainee Handling in February

 

K'Har Kops Seize Lotsa Opium in K'har City - Next Phase of Poppy Eradication Under Way in Helmand

 

Muslim Cleric Gunned Down in K'Har - CAN's Rep in K'Har:  Too Many Cases, Not Enough Judges

 

Civvies Finger Arms Cache in Panjwaii - Zabul Bomb-Makers Nabbed - Analysis:  "The Business Of Bombs In Afghanistan"

 

Taliban "Rediscovering" Low-tech Weapons?

 

Worries About NATO Air Strikes in Helmand

 

AUS Names Latest Fallen

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  Taliban Claims AFG Calls for Peace Talks Driven by NATO, Coaltion Casualties - "7 British invader terrorists killed also heavy fighting continues in Helmand 6/1/09" - "1 tank of British invaders army destroyed in Helmand 6/1/09" - "(P)uppet army commander and 5 terrorists killed and 1 vehicle destroyed in Kandahar 6/1/09" - "1 vehicle of puppet army destroyed in Helmand 6/1/09" - "1 tank of American invaders army destroyed in Nemroz 6/1/09" 

 

Analysis: "Two years ago, a controversial military manual rewrote U.S. strategy in Iraq. Now, the doctrine’s simple, powerful—even radical—tenets must be applied to the far different and neglected conflict in Afghanistan."

 

Opinion:  "Although the US strategy of using tribal militias to improve security has been credited with great success in Iraq, expanding it to Afghanistan could be disastrous" - "Biofuels could generate permanent jobs in Afghanistan (an alternative to the traditional seasonal occupation of mercenary fighting) and provide a legal source of income and exports for farmers who are now deemed to be criminals: a collaborative product in the war on both narcodollars and petrodollars that could help arrest that country's descent into narco-state darkness."

 

PAK Opens Daylight Access to NATO Supply Road - More

 

PAK Pres Visiting AFG, Trying to Improve Links - More

 

 

6 Jan 09

Gregory John Kruse, R.I.P.:  "Slain sergeant cared for his troops 'above all else' " - More

 

Gaétan Roberge, R.I.P.:  "Final farewell for Northern soldier" - More

 

Michael Bruce Freeman, R.I.P.: Funeral Tomorrow in Peterborough

CAN Officer Charged with Second-Degree Murder Faces Custody Hearing - More - Opinion:  "With so many concerned parties and the legitimacy of the Canadian military on the line, there is ample reason for attention (to the Semrau trial). Of course, to pay attention, we need information."

 

CAN Member of Parliament:  Leaving Before 2011 "would be irresponsible .... We'd be generations recouping our reputations"

 

"Kandahar's new governor gets an earful; Afghan-Canadian goes on tour to meet constituents, urging them to solve their own problems"

 

NATO Soldier, Three AFG Cops Killed in South - UK Looking Into Possible Civilian Casualties in Helmand

 

Southerners Could be Shut Out in Election if Security Doesn't Improve

 

Brit Photos of OP Red Dagger - (A Few) Belgian Troops Headed to Southern AFG

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "2 tanks of British invaders army destroyed in Helmand 5/1/09" - "Destroyed 3 vehicles of puppet army, killed 9 soldiers in Kandahar 4/1/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - "(P)uppet army post demolished, 2 vehicles destroyed, 1 puppet commander and 5 terrorists killed in Kandahar 5/1/09" - "The Taliban have long exaggerated its military successes, but its year-end numbers – posted last week on its website – may be the militia’s most startling claim yet in the war of information."

 

 

5 Jan 09

Gaétan Roberge, R.I.P.:  One of the Injured Pays Tribute to Fallen Comrade (.pdf permalink) - More

 

Journalist/Blogger:  "Semrau case no Somalia" - Columnist: "There are no similarities between the Airborne of the 90s .... and any Canadian regiment that has rotated through Afghanistan since 2003."

 

AFG Def Ministry Predicts Bloody 2009 - Hopes that AFG Army Will Grow to +100K by end of 2009

 

"Locals live in fear of Taliban 'shadow government' gripping parts of Kandahar" - Anti-ISR Protesters in K'Har City Call for ISAF Forces to Go Home

 

+650 Schools Closed in K'Har Province - Taliban Destroys Clinic in Arghandab District - Taliban Kidnaps Five Development Aid Workers in Nimroz Province

 

Two Taliban Leaders Killed in Helmand - More - Helmand Governor Calls on Residents, Elders to Register for Coming Election

 

Analysis:  UK Should be Ready for 15 Year Job in AFG

 

AUS Soldier Killed in Oruzgan Rocket Attack - ROM Soldier Wounded in Zabul IED Blast - Mines Found, Cleared in Nahri Saraj district of Helmand - US Engineers Busy in Helmand

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  Weekly Compilation, 28 Dec-3 Jan (.pdf) - "7 British invader terrorists killed in Helmand 4/1/09" - "1 tank of Nato invaders army destroyed in Zabul 4/1/09" - Taliban Exaggerate Death Tallies - More

 

Female AFG Cops Still Having Tough Time

 

 

4 Jan 09

Gaétan Roberge, R.I.P.:  "Soldier given a hero's welcome" - "Warrant Roberge remembered as 'a soldier's soldier' "

 

New Facebook Page for CAN Officer Charged with Second-Degree Murder - Troops Not Saying Much - Family "Shocked" - More - Blogger Says There Has to be More to This

 

Survey Says "53 per cent of respondents believe the bulk of Canadian troops in Afghanistan should be withdrawn before 2011"

 

CAN Mechanic in K'Har Gets to Watch Kids Open Gifts in Sault Ste. Marie

 

Late December Push in K'har Led by AFG Forces

 

Christmas Push in Helmand (OP Red Dagger) - More - more - more - Trench Fighting, Too - More - more

 

"Soldiers patrolling an Afghan village seek trust, and trust suspicions"

 

Petraeus: "It will take humanity as well as guns to beat the Taliban"

 

Zabul PRT Takes Reconstruction Team on the Road

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "1 vehicle of puppet army destroyed 6 terrorists killed in Kandahar" (third item) - "6 policemen killed in Kandahar 3/1/09"

 

Mullah Omar’s Spokesman Arrested in PAK

 

"Afghan-NATO-Pakistan meeting at hand"

 

 

3 Jan 09

Gaétan Roberge, R.I.P.:   Sudbury Funeral Set for Monday

 

Michael Bruce Freeman, R.I.P.:  Delay in Funeral

 

John Kruse, R.I.P.:  Family of Fallen Returning to New Brunswick

 

CAN Officer Faces Second-Degree Murder Charges in Connection with Death of  Presumed Helmand Insurgent in October - CF Statement - Canadian Press - More - Globe & Mail - National Post - Toronto Star - CTV.ca - NY Times - BBC - Reuters - Agence France-Presse - ISAF Feature (October 2008) Featuring Quote from Accused - Columnist Awaits Court Hearing for Taliban who Killed Canadians - Globe & Mail:  This =/= Somalia (.pdf permalink)

 

More on CAN Troops Stopping Suicide Car Bombing Attack - More - more

 

Briefing Notes Say CF Members May Be Exposed to Drugs in AFG - Army.ca Discussion

 

NATO General:  Security Not So Bad in AFG - Another "NATO Making Same Mistakes as Soviets" Piece

 

Construction Begins on Two Schools in Helmand - New Highway One Bridge in Zabul - More - World Food Program Workers Kidnapped in Nimroz

 

More on Bad Boy Suspected of Zabul Attacks Being Killed

 

ID of Brit NCO Killed in Garmsir District IED Released

 

Taliban Using More Marksmen in South? - Brit Muslims Suspected Fighting with Taliban

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "2 tanks of British invaders army destroyed in Helmand 2/1/09" - "1 tank of British invaders army destroyed in Helmand 2/1/09" - "2 British invader terrorists killed and 3 wounded in Helmand 2/1/09" - "Puppet army commander killed in Uruzgan 2/1/09" - "5 American invader terrorists killed and 1 tank destroyed in Zabul 2/1/09" - "American invader terrorists martyred 4 civilians in Zabul 2/1/09" - "THE EXACT REPORT ON LOSSES OF THE ENEMY FOR 2008" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic

 

Corruption Still a Big Issue

 

More on PAK Reopening Khyber Pass - More - more

 

 

2 Jan 09

Year-End Interviews with CAN Officials:  CAN Envoy to AFG - Representative of CAN in Kandahar - Deputy Minister, Afghanistan Task Force - Commander CEFCOM (.pdf permalink of all four interviews)

 

CAN Troops Shoot Up SUV, Prevent Suicide Car Bombing - More - more

 

AFG General:  "I don't know of any inappropriate way that Taliban were killed"

 

No CAN Auroras to Patrol Over AFG

 

USA Preparing to Pour Troops into South - USMC Commandant:  Troops Ready Leave IRQ, Fight in AFG - USAF B-1 Lancer Supports Troops in Sangin

 

Uzbeks Held After AFG Cops Killed in Sharaz in Helmand - Drugs, Arms Seized in Sangin Raids

31 Dec 08 Fallen UK Marine ID'ed - Another Brit Soldier Killed 1 Jan 09

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "2 tanks plus a patrolling unit of British invaders army blown up in Helmand 1/1/09" - "1 tank of British invaders army destroyed in Helmand 1/1/09" - "Puppet army commander gun down in Kandahar 1/1/09 "

 

PAK Reopens Khyber Pass

 

 

1 Jan 09

Michael Bruce Freeman, R.I.P.:  A Friend Waits to Bring Him Home (.pdf permalink)

 

Opinion:  Demographics of the Fallen Reflect Canada (Outside Major Centres) (.pdf permalink)

 

CF Investigators Looking Into Death of Taliban Insurgent in Helmand - CF National Investigative Service statement (.pdf permalink) - More - more - more - more - more - more

 

AFG Troops (With CAN Mentoring) Track Down Bomb-making Compounds

 

Mystery Gifts for CAN Soldier Injured in AFG

 

NATO Awaits USA Strategy - AFG Facing Issues Going into Election Year

 

Brit Marine Killed in on Patrol in Sangin

 

Kandahar Drug Stores Not Staying Open?

 

Suicide Bomber Kills Two Civilians @ Spin Boldak - CNN Video:  Teens Recruited as Bombers - Arrests After Bombing near Cassette Shop in Uruzgan - Taliban Ambush Kills 20 AFG Cops in Helmand - More - "3 Terrorists Arrested in Helmand" - Zabul Bomber Killed - More

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "1 tank of Canadian invaders army destroyed in Kandahar 31/12/08" - "5 British invader army terrorists killed and 4 wounded in Helmand 31/12/08" - "4 British invader army terrorists killed in Helmand 31/12/08" - "2 tanks of NATO invaders army destroyed in Zabul 31/12/08" - "4 puppet army commanders and 32 terrorists killed, check post captured in Helmand 31/12/08"

 

"NATO, Russia discuss equipment move to Afghanistan" - More

 

 

31 Dec 08

Michael Bruce Freeman, John Kruse, Gaétan Roberge, R.I.P.:   They're Home - More - more - more - more

 

CAN Envoy to AFG Doubtful of Latest Taliban Peace Gestures

 

Wanted:  IT/Telephone System Expert for K'Har

 

"Afghan soldier lays down arms, laces up runners for New Year's marathon"

 

Taliban Attacks Convoy in Nawa District, Helmand, and Lose 9 - ISAF Injures Possible Scout in Sangin, Treats Injuries - ANOTHER Car Fails to Stop When Ordered in Sangin, Passenger Injured

 

"Coalition tries to bridge gap in Afghanistan and joins villagers in three districts to the west of the Helmand with vital commerce centres to the east" - "30 schools constructed in Uruzgan" - New Bridge Opened in Uruzgan - "Justice system improving in Helmand" - Cleaner Water in Zabul - Former AFG Finance Minister Says New "Marshall Plan" Needed

 

AUS Soldier Wounded in Oruzgan Firefight - More - AUS Troops Kill Man Who Wouldn't Stop When Ordered - "Afghan National Police makes progress in Tarin Kowt"

 

More on "Engaging the Militias/Community Guard" Program - More

 

Taliban Claims Every District in Helmand Has Shadow Governor, Police Chief, with Taliban Court Held After Prayers Every Tuesday in Sangin

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "19 British invaders army terrorists killed and 18 wounded in Helmand 30/12/08"

 

Opinion:  "Canada’s ‘newspaper of record’ calls for Canada to wage Afghan war beyond 2011"

 

PAK Helping Protect Supply Lines into AFG - More - Some Closures Due to Security - USA Still Seeking Alternate Routes

 CAN in Kandahar News July 2007


 

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