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CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)


13 Mar 09  

Marc Diab, R.I.P.:  He's Home - More - more - more - more

 

Video:  One Soldier Tells Story of Protecting CIMIC Troops in AFG

 

Analysis:  How AUS COIN Expert Says Tailban Can be Defeated - Commentary on Prairie Pundit How Stopping Special Ops is a Win for the Taliban

 

"The Dutch model; The flower-strewers partly vindicated" in Uruzgan? - Commentary on The Torch

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "9 puppet army terrorists killed and one vehicle destroyed in Helmand" - "Liberation of a police post in Tarinkot in the province of Oruzgan" (GoogEng) - Taliban Tell Al Jazeera They're Still Going to Fight

 

"The White House will complete its strategy review on Afghanistan and Pakistan as early as next week before mounting a new push for help from NATO and other allies"

 

 

 

12 Mar 09  

CAN to USA:  Bring Tanks to AFG, They're Handy (.pdf permalink)

 

Remembering the Invisibly Wounded

 

More on Heliborne Assault Using CAN Choppers to Ferry CAN Troops (.pdf permalink) - Reservists as Helicopter Door Gunners

 

ISAF Supports AFG Security Forces in Operation AABI TOORAH in Helmand

 

More on Talib Released from Gitmo Now Being Taliban Ops Boss in Helmand - More

 

AFG Envoy to USA:  West Isn't Doing Enough to Win

 

TUR Media:  USA Recruiting Kurdish Fighters in IRQ to Fight in AFG

 

USA Def Int Agency Boss:  AQ Returning to AFG (.pdf permalink) - USA SecDef: "U.S. Won’t Allow Taliban Resurgence in Afghanistan"

 

The Economist Meets Special Forces in Uruzgan

 

Talkin' to the Taliban: "A Tricky Proposition" - "U.S. Supports Afghan-Taliban Reconciliation, With Caveats"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "2 tanks of Canadian invaders army destroyed in Kandahar" - "In a ambush 5 invaders soldiers killed in Helmand" - "1 tank of British invaders army blew up in Helmand" - "5 puppet army soldiers killed, check post demolished in Helmand" - "1 vehicle of puppet army destroyed in Helmand" - "7 puppet army terrorists killed in Uruzgan"

 

Opinion:  "Canada's efforts are mostly in Kandahar. Canada's losses are mostly in Kandahar. When we leave in 2011, we are leaving Kandahar, and that's where our impact/legacy will be remembered and our success measured." - "This is not a war being well fought, nor one that serves Canada's best interest. Canadians who are dying there are doing so in vain, and they deserve better than condolent press releases." - "Washington's reliance on the unstable former Soviet republics in Central Asia shows how few options it has in this war."

 

 

11 Mar 09

Marc Diab, R.I.P.:  Arriving Home Tomorrow Afternoon - CF Media Advisory - More - Another Way to Pay Respects

 

CAN Air Wing a Step Closer to "Full Operational Capability" (.pdf permalink)

 

CAN DefMin Says He's Working on Getting New Tanks Into Action ASAP - CAN For Affairs Min Says Same

 

The Economist on "The Tribes of ISAF"

 

Academic:  Ten AFG Soldiers, Cops Killed for Every CAN Troop Killed

 

AFG Fixer/Freelancer, Former Bagram Guest, Shot Dead in Kandahar - More - more - more - more - more - Wikipedia profile

 

Top Taliban Ops Officer in South Former Gitmo Guest (.pdf permalink) - His File (from NY Times)

 

Part of USA Surge to Train AFG Cops - Next British ROTO Heads Downrange - Family of Fallen Ghurka Allowed to Stay in UK - November 2008 Statement on Colour Sergeant Dura's Death

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  Some (Initial) Talkin' Already Going On - USA VP Says Outreach Must be Done by AFG - DEU Def Mni Agrees - Biden Figures 7/10 Taliban Ripe for Turning? - Taliban Mullah Suspects Talks Proposed Only to Split Movement - AFG Women Want a Role in Any Talkin' to the Taliban

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "Killing an intelligence officer in Kandahar 10/03/09" (GoogEng) - "Killing 13 and wounding 5 from the enemy soldiers in Helmand" (GoogEng) - "Killing 8 soldiers including the commander (Amanullah) by an IED in Zabul 10/03/09" (GoogEng)

 

USA Veep Consults NATO Allies on AFG - NATO Statement - Says War Tough, but "Far from Lost"

 

Opinion:  "If U.S. president wanted our troops to stay in Afghanistan, could we say no?" - "They died, as will many more, in an ill-defined mission that defied all the rules of counterinsurgency, sent by an enthusiastic general who has curiously become a kind of media hero, and by gullible politicians who did not ask the right questions, did not know the country, the nature of the war, the precise aims, the equipment required to fight it, and how to define success." - "The fact is that Afghans view American and NATO forces as their liberators, while they perceived the Soviet forces as invaders and occupiers with a godless ideology." - "Has Washington learned nothing from the Soviet experience?"

 

 

10 Mar 09

Marc Diab, R.I.P.: On His Way Home - More - "Soldier killed in latest Taliban attack dreamed of career in military" - More - more - CF Combat Camera Photos

 

Erin Melivin Doyle, 1976-2008, R.I.P.:  The Guy with the Red Beard (2.1 MB .pdf permalink)

 

How One of the Wounded is Doing - Original Story About Injury

 

CAN Army Boss:  Forces May Need One Year "Operational Break" After AFG Mission - More - more - "We are running out of time to keep your army functioning the way that it should because our vehicle breakage rates are now higher than I've ever seen them"

 

Defence Construction Canada Civilian Working in K'Har PRT (.pdf permalink)

 

US SpecOps Forces Put Some AFG Ops on Pause?

 

USA Gov't Watchdog Report:  More Troops Needed to Help Train Growing AFG Police, Interior Forces - Media Spin:  AFG Forces Under More Pressure from Enemy (check pg. 10 of full report in .pdf)

 

NATO Backroom Whispers that AUS "Overstating" Contribution to AFG Fight? - EU Says No More Troops to AFG

 

More Kids Going to School in Uruzgan

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  CAN Gov't - Only the AFG Gov't Can Choose to Speak to Taliban - More - more - Taliban Spokesperson Says No Such Thing as Moderates in Movement; Reiterates "No Talks Until Foreign Troops Leave" - More - more - Some Analysts Say USA Position "Useless" - "A futile search for 'moderate' Taliban"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "1 tank of Canadian invaders army destroyed in Kandahar" - English+Arabic version - Taliban Struggles to Sort Out American from British Helicopters? - "Destruction of two tanks belonging to the foreign forces in a face to face battle in Helmand 09/03/09" (GoogEng) - "Taliban killing 9 foreign troops in a fierce battle in Helmand 09/03/09" (GoogEng) - "1 vehicle of puppet army destroyed in Helmand" - "4 police surrender in Helmand" - "7 puppet army terrorists killed in Uruzgan"

 

"Top UN envoy to Afghanistan visits Iran to boost ties"

 

9 Mar 09

Marc Diab, R.I.P.:  CF Statement - ISAF Statement - Governor General/Commander in Chief's Statement - Prime Minister's Statement - Minister of National Defence's Statement - Petawawa Daily Observer - Canadian Press - CanWest/Global - More - Globe & Mail - Toronto Star - Associated Press - Agence France-Presse - Army.ca Condolences Thread - More below on first item of "Taliban Propaganda Watch"

 

CAN Helicopters Carry CAN Troops Into, Out of Battle (.pdf permalink) - More - more - more

 

Commander of US/ISAF Troops:  More Needs to be Done to Win the Fight in South, Some of East - More

 

Taliban Continue to Use Civilians as Human Shields in Attacking ISAF Troops

 

CAN DevMin:  Funding Cuts to Find Money for AFG "Temporary"

 

Mid-level Taliban Boss Nailed in Maywand, Bad Guys Nailed in Oruzgan (paragraphs 6 thru 9)

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  USA Twisting Arms Via Predator to Get Moderate Elements to Negotiate - Opinion "Talk with the Taliban? It may be necessary"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "1 tank of Canadian invaders army destroyed in Kandahar" - "Battle in Nad Ali, Helmend 7/3/09" (GoogEng) - "Battle in Nad Ali continue 8/3/09" (GoogEng) - "4 tanks of American invaders army destroyed in Helmand" - "In a ambush 23 British invaders soldiers killed in Helmand" - "In a ambush 3 British invaders soldiers killed in Helmand" - "Invaders killed 12 civilians in Uruzgan 7/3/09" (GoogEng)

 

More on Converting Opium Farmers to Saffron Farmers

 

Opinion:  "Eliminate Afghan grievances, not Afghans with grievances"

 

 

8 Mar 09

Marc Diab, R.I.P.:   Royal Canadian Dragoon Killed in IED  Incident NE  of Kandahar

 

How CAN Infantry Help Plan Air Operations in AFG

 

AFG Envoy to CAN:  Uh, Yeah, the Taliban CAN be Defeated

 

RAF Chinook Pilot Gets DFC for Saving Coalition Ally in Ambush - More

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  USA Pres Open to "Outreach"? - Original Article Quoting Pres with Idea - AFG Pres Happy to Hear It - More

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "In a ambush 23 British invaders soldiers killed in Helmand" - "In a ambush 3 British invaders soldiers killed in Helmand" - "Martyrdom Operation kills 19 puppet soldiers in Nemroz"

 

Some AFG Farmers Switching from Opium to Pot

 

Kandahar, Daikundi to Host Int'l Women's Day Marches Against the Burqua - More - UN Uber Envoy Statement - More - UN SecGen Message - CAN's Contribution to Women's Week - What CAN Women are Doing

 

7 Mar 09 

Denis Raymond Brown, Dany Olivier Fortin, Chad O’Quinn, R.I.P.:  They're Home - More - more - Opinion:  "There is much Canadians don't know about their fallen"

 

CAN Making Progress with Elders in Panjwai (.pdf permalink)

 

What (Some) CAN Artillery Troops are Up To in AFG

 

CAN PM:  Victory = Pushing Back Taliban Enough to Facilitate Development Surge (.pdf permalink) - CAN DefMin to NATO:  Can't Take Foot Off the Gas Just Because of USA Surge - USA SecState: "U.S., NATO Have ‘Unity of Purpose’ in Afghan Mission"

 

Flickr of CAN Supporting Int'l Women's Week in AFG - News release

 

AFG Pres Accepts August Election

 

Two Cops Killed in Nimroz Police Station Homicide Attack - Taliban's Version:  "Martyrdom Operation kills 19 puppet soldiers in Nemroz"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "British invader army helicopter shot down in Helmand" - "3 soldiers of puppet army have joined mujahideen in Helmend 6/3/09" (GoogEng) - "1 vehicle of puppet army destroyed 6 soldiers killed in Zabul"

 

Replacing Poppies with Saffron in K'Har?

 

USA Officer:  Securing AFG-PAK Border "High Priority"

 

AFG Supply Chain Still Weak Point - USA Sees Deal Coming on Tajik Transit Rights - "Making Nice with Russia and Iran, for A'stan's Sake"

 

6 Mar 09 

Denis Raymond Brown, Dany Olivier Fortin, Chad O’Quinn, R.I.P.:  Coming Home Today - More - more - more - One of the Injured Tells His Story (.pdf permalink) - Family, Friends Remember - Opinion:  "It's seven years later and Canada' s deep commitment to its neighbor to the south is still measured by the flagged-draped coffins that come home bearing the red, white and maple leaf." - World Socialists Pipe In

 

Gaetan Roberge, R.I.P.: Father Has Questions About Burial

 

CAN Air Force Boss: "Armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with air to ground weapons are a valuable capability and it's a good option to have, and it is a good option for Canadians to have"

 

More on CAN's Contribution to AFG Election in Chinese Media .... but Not in CAN Media? - More - AFG Politicians Support August Election

 

CAN, USA Defence Ministers Discuss AFG Approach - CAN DefMin Says WAY More than Military Needed to Win - Meanwhile, NATO Foreign Ministers Discuss AFG

 

CAN Considering Own "Special Envoy"

 

CAN Taxpayer Federation Underwhelmed with "Roadshow Promoting Canada's Role in Afghanistan"

 

Report Leaked to UK Media "damning of a US military often unwilling to share intelligence among its military allies"

 

UK Historian: "Afghanistan Is Better Than You Think"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "Killing 6 policemen in Kandahar 05/03/09" (GoogEng) - "Losses of American invaders army in operation in Garmser, Helmend 5/3/09" (GoogEng) - "In a ambush 5 British invaders soldiers killed in Helmand" - "In 7 explosions a number of British invader killed in Helmand" - "A number of British invaders soldiers killed in Helmand" - "British invaders army base attacked in Helmand"

 

Opinion:  "Every armed outsider bends over backwards to accommodate religion and tradition and consultation with elders .... There is no aim to destroy Afghanistan in order to reinvent it in whatever dim echo of democracy, Islamic-style, the citizenry favours. The vast majority of Afghans understand this. Too many Canadians don't." - "It's not something you can "win," because it's not a conventional war. It's long past time Canadians, and their media, cottoned on."

 

"NATO Commander Notes ‘Warming of Relations’ Between Pakistan, Afghanistan"

 

 

 

5 Mar 09

Denis Raymond Brown, Dany Olivier Fortin, Chad O’Quinn, R.I.P.:  On Their Way Home - Governor General/Commander in Chief's Statement - Prime Minister's Statement - Minister of National Defence Statement - Spring Offensive? - "Expected soldier-husband to die in Afghanistan but still shocked, teary widow says" - "Fallen soldier was proud to be a member of Lincs and Winks" - More - Colleagues Mourn - "Oromocto High grad killed" - "He will be missed"

 

CAN's Third Quarterly Report Just Out (.pdf) - .html version - Alternate .pdf site - News release - "Ottawa's latest quarterly report on the Afghanistan conflict paints a bleak picture of deteriorating security but the Harper government insists Canada's $11.3-billion mission in the strife-torn country is still making gains."

 

CAN's Share of Help for Elections - UN Welcomes August Election - NATO Welcomes August Election - ISAF Commander's Statement - More on August Election

 

"The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), supported by International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), recently conducted the latest in the Operation GHARTSE PALANG series, targeting known facilitators of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and disrupting the flow of enemy weapons and funding in Helmand Province’s Sangin area." - "A boy injured by insurgent fire near Kajaki has been treated by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) doctors."

 

More on New Cops Graduating in Helmand - "European politicians are looking in vain for policemen willing to go to Afghanistan to help train their colleagues"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  REPEAT "1 tank of Canadian invaders army destroyed in Kandahar" - "(O)ther tank of invaders destroyed in Arghandab, Kandahar 4/3/09" (English, Arabic + Persian)

 

4 Mar 09

Denis Raymond Brown, Dany Olivier Fortin, Chad O’Quinn, R.I.P.:  CF statement - ISAF statement - Canadian Press - CanWest/National Post - Globe & Mail - CBC.ca - The Guardian (UK) - Bloomberg - Deutsche Press-Agentur (more in "Taliban Propaganda Watch" below)

 

How CF Helps Train Non-Military Gov't Workers to Deploy (video)

 

One CAN Corrections Officer's Story

 

300 More AFG Cops on Streets in Helmand - Bad Boy Boss, 16 Others Nailed in Helmand

 

CAN Helps Rebuild Water Point in K'Har Province - Brits Pumping in More Aid $

 

AFG Election Panel Rejects Early Election - More - more

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "1 tank of Canadian invaders army destroyed in Kandahar" - "(B)attle in Girishk continue, 5 (B)ritish invaders killed, 3 wounded, 1 tank destroyed 3/3/09" (GoogEng) - English version 1 (first item) - "Mortars fired at British invaders base in Helmand" - Alternate version, mentioning Dutch in title

 

Opinion:  "Canada's plan to leave Afghanistan in 2011 will be a risky move: The Taliban might well be able to fight or buy their way back into control of at least a portion of the country." - "When even modest goals are ambitious" - "A homegrown Afghan militia may be more accountable to the civilian population -- more cautious about atrocious collateral damage that regularly takes place in the country."

 

CAN University's Fragile States Country Report No. 20, Afghanistan (.pdf): "Over the last two years, Afghanistan has seen increases in risk scores for four of its six measures of performance including Governance, the Economy, Human Development, and Crime & Security making it now the second most fragile state in the CIFP index"

 

NATO May Ask CHN for Support, Supply Routes

 

"(PAK) Taliban rivals unite to fight US troop surge" - Jihadist Web Page says "Muslims Should Still Fight PAK Troops Because they Represent a Bad Government" (.pdf permalink) - Meanwhile, the Hunt for PAK's Taliban Boss Continues (.pdf permalink)

 

 

3 Mar 09

CF Investigation:  It Wasn't CAN Munitions that Killed Kids (.pdf permalink) - ISAF Statement (.pdf permalink) - More - more - more - Maybe Taliban IED? - More

 

CAN Announces Consolidation of Care for Injured, Families of the Fallen - More - more (.pdf permalink to all three documents combined)

 

Author of Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan (.pdf - alternate download site):  "The prime minister is right that the objective should be to 'Afghanize' security, by training and equipping the Afghan National Security Forces, army and police, so that they take it over" - Critics Allege Flip Flop - More - Father of Fallen Calls Talk "Defeatist" - Opinion:  "2011 is not as far away as it seems. CNN studios may be a more comfortable environment, but it is in Parliament where the future of the mission will soon need to be addressed once more."

 

"The Moustache Has Landed" in K'Har

 

23 Feb 09 Sangin Firefight Probe:  "while the Enemies of Afghanistan were using civilian houses, religious facilities and other community buildings for their terrorist activities, in Sangin, on the 23 Feb, at the Gul Agha Sheli Village, they ambushed an ISAF Patrol, which defended itself as the attack continued for a few hours" - More

 

UN:  Early Elections in April "Nearly Impossible" - NATO Says August Better Bet - More

 

Advisor of AFG Pres Complaining About Situation in Kandahar

 

Four DNK Troops Wounded in S.AFG Blasts - USA Contractor Killed in Uruzgan Blast - UK's 19 Light Brigade Heading Downrange - Next USA Units Headed Downrange - More - more

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "Puppet intelligence service official killed in Kandahar" -

(Alternative link in English & Arabic) - "5 puppet army soldiers killed 3 wounded in Kandahar" - (Alternative link in English, Arabic & Persian) - "Preparing the Mujahidin: The Taliban’s Military Field Manual" (.pdf permalink to blog posting)

 

Opinion:  "....the United States did not invade Afghanistan; the Canadian Forces did not first go into the country on a peacekeeping mission; and there never was any indication that any of the various Canadian missions would be over in two months...." - "Les soldats vont-ils simplement «faire du temps»?" - "The illusions, evasions and distractions of 2002 help explain the crisis of 2009"

 

Red Cross:  Civvies Could Bear Brunt of Cranked Up War Effort - More - more

 

RUS Allows Transit of Cargo Train Bound for AFG

 

2 Mar 09

CAN General: New Manual Will "shape the future of Afghan war"

 

CAN PM: "Coalition troops serving in Afghanistan will never rid the country of insurgents and won’t win the war simply by maintaining a presence in the area" - More - more - more - 8 Minute CNN Interview 

 

"Military investigators in Afghanistan have found that an explosion that killed three Afghan children was caused by old munitions and not explosives belonging to Canadian troops.  Kandahar governor Tooryalai Wesa and the new commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan, Brig.-Gen. Jon Vance, announced the investigation's results to reporters in Kandahar late Monday afternoon local time. "

 

Analysis: "Canada Rules The Night Air"

 

CAN Aid Projects in AFG Funded through Earlier Cuts to Other Aid Programs

 

NATO Sec-Gen on Allies Not Doing More: "It's not always easy to find the money for these very costly and expensive missions abroad. From time to time it's a lack of political will. .... From time to time it is a matter of limiting the modus operandi of the forces, the so-called caveats ...." - NATO Members May Do More to Boost AFG Cop Training?

 

Coalition Forces Kill Militants in Afghanistan, Seize Caches in Maywand District

 

ISAF Treats Kid Apparently Injured in Helmand Mortar Attack

 

"Afghan President Accused of 'Sabotage' Over Election Date"

 

Pro-Gov't Cleric Gunned Down in Kandahar

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "1 tank of Canadian invaders army destroyed in Kandahar" - Alternative Version, w/English, Google Translation from Arabic and Persian - "6 puppet army soldiers killed, check post demolished in Kandahar" - "(T)ank of (B)ritish invaders blew up in Helmend 1/3/09" (GoogEng)

 

Opinion:  Stopwar.ca Blog Pipes In About Kids Killed by Unexploded Ordnance

 

 

1 Mar 09

AFG Prez Seeks Elections in April, Not August - More - CAN Troops Getting Ready for Possible Early Election - USA Still Backs Later Election Date

 

Women Doing More Closer to the Front

 

CAN PM Calls AFG Major Test for NATO - More - more - more

 

USA Int:  IRN Supplying SA14 Gremlin Anti-Air Missiles to Taliban (.pdf permalink) - MILNEWS.ca Open Source Bibliography on Taliban MANPADS

 

Provincial Reconstruction Teams Share Ideas, Best Practices - Flickr Pix: Helping Out Widows, Children of Fallen ANA, Those Living Near Kandahar Air Field

 

New AFG Cops Grad near Kandahar - Flickr Pix of Grad - Long War Journal's AFG Cop Update

 

Bad Guys, Weapons Nabbed in Raid in Khakrez District - Mines Recovered in Uruzgan

 

"Privately the Americans are fiercely critical that the overstretched British are merely “treading water” until more US forces arrive this summer."

 

UK Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Poochie in Helmand

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch:  "4 police surrender in Helmand" - Original in Arabic - "Four collective martyrdom operations killed 17 and wounded 10 invaders in Helmend 27/2/09" (GoogEng) - Original in Arabic - Azerbaijan Media Account - "Attacked a supplying convoy of American invaders in Kandahar"[/url] - "1 tank of Australian invaders army blew up in Uruzgan" - "In a ambushed a tanks of American invaders destroyed in Zabul" - "2 puppet army soldiers killed, check post demolished in Nemroz"

 

 

 CAN in Kandahar News July 2007


 

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