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CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)

5 Feb 09

Joshua Brian Roberts, 1978-2008, R.I.P.:  Questions Linger, Even After Investigation?

CAN Troops Do Gas Station Recce in Zhari


New K'Har Governor: Wants to Talk to Taliban, Promote Girls' Education & Rights


Not Just Families, Friends Sending Care Packages

"Afghan detainee hearing blocked; Justice Department wants inquiry to be stayed" - More


USA Finalizing Surge Plans - More - "Afghan Defense Chief Says More Foreign Troops Will Curb Civilian Deaths"


UN Sec-Gen Drops By for Security Talks - Confirms Support for AFG - More - Drops By PAK, Too


NATO Mil Boss Taking Second Look at Rules for Fighting Drug Lords


Blast Kills Helmand Governor's Bodyguards - More


AFG Says Bad Guys Coming from IRQ - More - AFG Minister:  Six Outta Ten Taliban Foreigners - Taliban Using Fear, Persuaion in the Fight


Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "tank of invaders blew up in Kandahar 3/2/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - "In explosion many puppet soldiers killed in Kandahar 3/2/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - "vehicle of puppet army blew up in Kandahar 3/2/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - "tank of invaders destroyed in Girishk, Helmend 3/2/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - "Vehicle of puppet army blew up, 6 soldiers killed in Uruzgan 3/2/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - Interview with "Mullah Alauddin, commander of Islami Emarate Afghanistan in Kandahar" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic


Opinion:  "A radical solution is for the US and its European allies to buy up the entire Afghan opium crop every year and turn much of it over for medical purposes around the world."


USA January 2009 Report to Congress on AFG (.pdf)


RUS:  We Want to Help USA in AFG - Meanwhile, in the Bigger Picture....



4 Feb 09

Sean Greenfield, R.I.P.:  He's Home - More - more - more - more - more


CAN Troops Waiting for NATO Guidance on Hunting, Killing Drug Lords - "Pentagon and NATO officials are weighing options to act against Afghanistan’s poppy-producing industry in light of evidence indicating that associated illegal drug sales help to fund terrorist operations"


CAN Women Flying CAN Choppers - More on CAN's Helicopters, UAVs in the Fight


Opinion:  "President Barack Obama visits Ottawa Feb. 19 to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It's entirely possible Obama will ask Harper for further commitments beyond Canada's current Afghanistan withdrawal date of 2011. Canada's answer should be no." - "Even as United States President Barack Obama prepares to deploy more military forces to Afghanistan .... a consensus on overall US strategy there remains elusive."


Flickr Photos of KAF Hospital Expansion


ISAF Forces Take Care of Compound Full of Bad Guys in Helmand Mine in K'Har Defused, Would-Be Homicide Bombers Nabbed in Uruzgan


UN Rep Says 2,100 Civvies Killed in 2008 - Taliban Responsible for More Than Half the Deaths - More - Meanwhile, Brit Officer Charged Under Official Secrets Act for Casualty Leaks to Human Rights Worker


UN Releases Afghanistan 2009 Humanitarian Action Plan


US Security Contractor Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Scientist Burning Case - More - more

Pentagon Spokesperson:  Mo' Troops Needed to Establish "Baseline of Security" - Full Transcript of Briefing



3 Feb 09

Sean Greenfield, R.I.P.:  Arrives in CAN This Afternoon - More - more


James Hayward Arnal, 1983-2008, R.I.P.:  One of the Fallen Gets His Birthday Wish


CAN Griffon Choppers Complete First Sortie at War - More


Wanted Cheerleading Team to Cheer Up USA Troops in AFG


"NATO commanders in Afghanistan want a virtual version of the country, to test out battle plans and forecast future unrest."


AFG MPs Pissed at Delayed Election - K'Har Governor: Harsh winter, not violence, delayed presidential vote


ISAF Commander Pissed at Homicide Bomber Attack at Uruzgan Cop Training Centre


"Accidental Guerillas" in Uruzgan


"Taleban Hamper Musa Qala Reconstruction Efforts"


Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "Martyrdom attack killed 27 puppet soldiers in Uruzgan 2/2/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - "More 16 puppet soldiers killed in some attacks in Kandahar 2/2/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - "2 vihicles of puppet police destroyed in Kandahar 2/2/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic


Opinion:  "Propaganda infuses news from Afghanistan" - Discussion - "The painful truth is that Canada will not be capable of remaining in Afghanistan in a combat role beyond 2011." - The Torch:  CBC, Documentarist Discovers CAN Not "Peacekeeping" in AFG!


Pomegranates Bring in $ in K'Har


"Top UN official to Afghanistan calls for push to end opium production" - "UN drugs tsar warns of "Pyrrhic victory" against Afghan opium" - Afghanistan Opium Winter Assessment Jan 2009


Khyber Pass Bridge in PAK Blown, Blocking NATO Supply Line - More - more - more - Tricky Routes=No Doritos, Irish Spring Soap



2 Feb 09

Sean Greenfield, R.I.P.:  On His Way Home - More - more - Mother, Friends in Petawawa Mourn - More - more - ISAF Statement - ISAF Photos of Ramp Ceremony


Taliban Attack Patrol Base Bandit, Civvies Killed - More - more


FOB in Helmand Helps Locals Through Clinic - Photos of Clinic - DNK Running Radio Station, Too - Photos:  Brits Teach Locals About Mines - DNK Troops Working with AFG in Helmand After Major Op


Latest Brit Fallen Friendly Fire?


Homicide Bomber Kills Almost 20 at Uruzgan Police Training Centre - More - UN Uber-Envoy: "I am deeply saddened by the news we have received today from Uruzgan province of a bomb attack at a police centre in Tirinkot that has left many dead or wounded."


Analysis:  "Taliban and Afghan drug barons unite to create instability" - UN Uber-Envoy: "Opium cultivation in Afghanistan is set to shrink this year, which could deal a major blow to the illicit drug industry"


Taliban statement on tribal militias: "....The formation of new militias is testifying the fact that US, NATO and Afghan National Army and Police forces have completely suffered defeat against the Taliban.  They are like a drowning person trying to catch any floating object.  They are repeating the same communists’ experience...." (.pdf permalink of entire statement)


Taliban Propaganda Watch:  Summary, 25-31 Jan 09 (.pdf) -  "1 tank of Canadian invaders army destroyed in Kandahar" (second item) - "Tank of british invaders destroyed in Kandahar 1/2/09" (GoogEng) (Original in Arabic) - "Attack on base of puppet army in Nimroz 1/2/09" (GoogEng) (Original in Arabic)


Opinion:  "How the Afghan War Threatens Nato" - "Can the New Administration Keep Canada as an Ally in Afghanistan?"



1 Feb 09

Sean Greenfield, R.I.P.:  CF Statement - Commander in Chief Statement - Prime Minister's Statement - Minister of National Defence's Statement - Canadian Press - CanWest/National Post - Calgary Herald - - - Pembroke Daily Observer - Reuters - Agence France-Presse


How CAN Air is Helping Get Things Done More Safely - "Surge of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will take weight off Canadians, allow more reconstruction, training"


More on K'Har Governor Visiting CAN Asking for Help - "Young Drug Addicts Population Soaring in Kandahar"


New AFG "Security Unit" funded by USA for Hot Spots?


Latest Brit Fallen Identified


Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "6 puppet army soldiers killed, check post demolished in Kandahar 31/1/09" - "2 supplies trucks of American invaders were destroyed in Kandahar 31/1/09"


How USA Spec Forces Handled "Tribal Engagement", Page 1 - Page 2 (.pdf permalink of entire article)


Constitutional Question Over Pres Election Delay?



31 Jan 09

Joshua Brian Roberts, 1978-2008, R.I.P.:  Parents Want New Investigation into Death


Robert Thomas James Mitchell, 1973-2006, R.I.P.:  Parents Receive Peace Tower Flag


Injured CAN Soldier Continues to Recover - More on Injured Sniper Marrying His Medic

CAN Trainer:  “It’s like watching a child grow .... But we’ve made some progress.”


CAN Pay Clerk Helps Smooth the Paperwork - CAN Embed Gets Chopper Ride


Coming ROTO Practice in USA Desert


Four Killed, Eight Nabbed in IED Cell "Disruption" in K'Har (See Taliban version third item below in "Taliban Propaganda Watch")


Most Students @ K'Har School Back At It After Acid Attacks


Brit Soldier Killed in Helmand Firefight - More - "Danish soldiers in Afghanistan are only able to rely on necessary air support in 75 percent of operations" - "British troops in Helmand get extra helicopters at last"


Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "5 Puppet army soldiers killed in Kandahar city 30/1/09" - "Attacked on supplying convoy of American invaders in Kandahar 30/1/09" - Official English-Google English translation of Arabic portion - "American invader army terrorists martyr 5 civilians in Kandahar 30/1/09" - "American invader terrorists martyred 3 civilians in Zabul 30/1/09" - More Pictures of Taliban Fighters (.pdf screen capture)


"A U.S. government oversight agency says Afghanistan's reconstruction program has no coherent spending strategy to implement its goals." - Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) January 30, 2009 Quarterly Report to Congress (Alternate report - 11Mb .pdf - download site)


AFG Pres Picks on West During Election Campaign


RUS Media says RUS, NATO Agree to Supply Routes


 CAN in Kandahar News July 2007


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