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CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)

10 July 09

Pat Audet, Martin Joannette, R.I.P.:  They're Home - More - more - more - more - more - more


Wounded Warriors Heal in Northwestern Ontario - More


USA Deputy Chair of Joint Chiefs: "A key measurement of success in Afghanistan will be the attitude of Afghans affected by U.S.-led operations" - "Marines Seek To Forge Bonds While Pursuing Taliban"


Big USA Push in Helmand:  "President issues aid instructions for Helmand" - Blogger Says "It may be messy and long, but I believe the US is likely to turn a victory here. But if it doesn't, serious questions will be asked about whether it is worth it to stick around much longer."


Lotsa IEDs


"Karzai victory may trigger Afghan violence, US commander warns"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Hits Claimed in Kandahar, Helmand


Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee: "Pakistan’s sovereignty must be respected and military operations in its territory should be carried out by its own forces."


9 July 09


Pat Audet, Martin Joannette, R.I.P.:  Coming Home This Afternoon - More - more - Chopper Crash Reportedly Happened During Dusty Takeoff - More - More - UK MoD Says Accident Happened on Takeoff from Romanian FOB in Zabul (.pdf permalink here) - One of the Things They're Doing with Romanians in Zabul


CAN's Only War-wounded Triple Amputee Trying to Build Accessible House - Cpl. Bill Kerr Meets CAN CDS, USA Chair of Joint Chiefs


CAN CDS: New CAN Combat Vehicles Helps Deal with "Equipment Fatigue" - CF Statement


Peace, Earth and Justice Poster Seeks "A Public Investigation" Into CAN Troops Handing Detainees Over to USA Troops


Big USA Push in Helmand:  "Marines in for the Long Haul in Southern Afghanistan" - "Generals: More forces needed for Afghan offensive" - Where Are the AFG Troops? - Blogger:  Lots of AFG Troops Available (But They Can't be Moved Into the Fight) Blogger: "Perhaps geography trumped doctrine in choosing Helmand to begin the counterinsurgency." - "After seven days of seizing poppy-rich areas of southern Afghanistan, the Marine Corps is planning a shift to gain the trust of Afghan civilians but expects the Taliban to return and fight for the land" - AFG Gov't Control Expands During Push


USA Chair of Joint Chiefs: Fighting Over Next 12-18 Months "is going to be very, very challenging” - UK DefMin Speech: "In the face of the casualties we are seeing, it is understandable when people ask is this too difficult. But let me tell you .... In Afghanistan, there is a sense of achievement and improvement compared with my visit in December last year."


Latest Pentagon Assessment (.pdf): "The United States continues to face severe security and governance challenges in Afghanistan this year, but U.S. efforts remain fixed on defeating extremism and boosting the Afghan government."


No New Choppers for Brits


"Private Security Contractors Become a Source of Public Scorn"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Claimed in Gorak, Lashkar Gah - Problems with Taliban's English, Arabic Web Pages?


Opinion:  "Afghan conflict shows no sign of progress"


"The Afghan government says it has changed a planned law which critics had said legalised rape within marriage."


"Can the farmers and the drug warriors be friends?"



8 July 09 

Pat Audet, Martin Joannette, R.I.P.:  Message from Governor General and Commander-in-Chief - Message de gouverneure générale et commandante en chef - Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada - Déclaration du Premier ministre du Canada - Statement by the Minister of National Defence - Déclaration du ministre de la Défense nationale - On Their Way Home - More - more - more - more - More on Fallen Brit Sapper - More


Charles-Philippe Michaud, R.I.P.:  "The military funeral for Master-Corporal Charles-Philippe Michaud will be held on Friday, July 10, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. (ADT), in Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church, located in Edmunston (N.B.)"


Big USA Push in Helmand:  More on Taliban's Claimed Anti-Push - "One week after several battalions of Marines swept through the Helmand River valley, military commanders appear increasingly concerned about a lack of Afghan forces in the field." - Asks "Does this course of action, right now, make sense when other, more permissive (or worse still, previously permissive) areas of the country are under such dire threat?" - Former US General Says "There is unlikely to be anything like a decisive result out of this operation, even in the local area in the short term .... Trust will only be built up in the eyes of a deeply suspicious local people by a protracted period of careful operations." - "Marines’ attempt to spare civilians lets militants go"


Opinion:  "Let's hope this Afghan "surge" produces results that are similar to those achieved in Iraq since 2007."


Video of USA SF Helping Bust Drug Ops in Helmand - AUS Troops Wounded in IED Blast Somewhere - More


Think Tank Report: "The insurgency cannot be defeated while the Taliban retain a safe haven in Pakistan. The Taliban can conduct hit-and-run attacks from their refuge in Pakistan, and the North remains open to infiltration." - "The Taliban's Winning Strategy in Afghanistan" (.pdf)


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Take Credit for Killing Canadians in Panjwai - "To force Taliban to withdraw from Helmand is a mere daydreaming" (.pdf)


UN Uber-Envoy: "inefficient management of Afghanistan’s water resources is critical to both the country’s widespread poverty and deadly tribal conflicts over territory" Danger Room:  AFG Worker Loses Job with US Aid Delivery Agency for Suggesting Locals Eat with Foreign Staff? - Straight from the Fired Guy's Keyboard



7 July 09

Pat Audet, Martin Joannette, R.I.P.:  Écrasement d’hélicoptère – Deux Canadien, un soldat de la FIAS morts, trois blessés - Helicopter Crash Kills Two CAN Troops, One Coalition Soldier, Injures Three - CF Statement - ISAF Statement - More - more - Condolences - UK Announces Engineer Killed in Crash


Charles-Philippe Michaud, R.I.P.:  "La mort de Charles-Philippe Michaud ébranle beaucoup ses amis, mais aussi toute sa communauté du Nouveau-Brunswick." - Remembered by Colleagues in Kandahar - More


Nicholas Bulger, R.I.P.:  He's Home - More - more - more - Home Town Remembers - "Dépouille du caporal Bulger arrive au pays"


"Government of Canada congratulates Afghan graduates from Canadian-sponsored Junior Officer Staff Course" - "Canada félicite les diplômés afghans du Cours d'état-major à l'intention des officiers subalternes parrainé par le Canada"


CAN Leaving K'Har vs. CAN Leaving AFG: "I hope that a new future role is being considered seriously by the DND and the PMO, perhaps after a short break of a year or so."


"A new tactical directive for coalition forces serving in Afghanistan re-emphasizes the importance of preventing civilian casualties." - ISAF Statement - US Forces-AFG "Notes"


Big USA Push in Helmand:  Taliban Claim Counter-Push - Bad Day for NATO - More - "Afghan National Police assisted by International Security Assistance Force troops have restored government control in the town of Khan Neshin" - "U.S. Marines Secure Southernmost Point of Operations in Afghanistan" - More


"Joint US, Afghan and British operation disrupts Taliban" - IED Kills Brit in Babaji


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claims 16 Killed in K'Har Airfield Homicide Bombing, Apache Shot Down in Zabul


RUS Lets USA Fly Troops, Weapons into AFG


6 July 09 

Charles-Philippe Michaud, R.I.P.:  Presse Canadienne - plus - Canadian Press - CanWest News - More - - - Xinhua


Nicholas Bulger, R.I.P.:  Arriving Home Today


Car Bomber Hits Gate of K'Har Airfield - More - more - more


"For cool-weather Canadians fighting a war in the south of this arid country, tackling the heat is sometimes half the battle." "In a war fought against a shadowy enemy on what can be profoundly hostile terrain, having eyes in the sky is a huge benefit." Blog:  Is CAN Leaving AFG, or Kandahar, in 2011?


Sports Program Helping Wounded CAN Troops "Soldier On"


USA Chair of Joint Chiefs: "We have enough forces there now not just to clear an area but to hold it. So we can build after."


Big USA Push in Helmand:  "The mullah's message was blunt. We don't trust you and if you don't earn our trust, our first meeting will be our last." - "US military commanders in the southern Afghan province of Helmand have warned of the calm before the storm as thousands of Marines move with little resistance so far through the Taliban stronghold." - Engineers Put Up Fire Base Quick - "The success of the Marine-led offensive in southern Afghanistan .... hinges on the ability of the nation's army and police to provide security"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Bad Guys Claim 4 Chopper Shootdowns - More - Taliban's (Alleged) Stats for June 2009


5 July 09

Charles-Philippe Michaud, R.I.P.:  "Un soldat canadien qui a récemment subit des blessures sérieuses en Afghanistan est décédé dans un hôpital de Québec hier." - Soldier Wounded in June Dies of Injuries - CF Statement - Message de gouverneure générale - Governor General's Statement - Déclaration du Premier ministre du Canada - PM's Statement - Déclaration du ministre de la Défense nationale - DefMin's Statement


Nicholas Bulger, R.I.P.:  On His Way Home - More - more - more - One of the Injured Attends Send-off "Slain soldier's comrades offer condolences to grieving family members" - Local Media - "It Never Gets Easier"


"The commander of Canadian Forces in Kandahar is no stay-at-home general."


Big USA Push in Helmand:  "The major US offensive enters its fourth morning in Helmand where three districts still remain under militant control" - "New British and US strategy to break Taliban"


Two Brit Troops Killed in Separate Incidents - More


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claim to Kill Registan District Deputy-Boss


AFG Lessons to be Learned from 1845 Brit Cavalry?


"Russia will allow the U.S. to ship weapons across its territory to Afghanistan"



4 July 09 

Nicholas Bulger, R.I.P.:  Governor-General Statement - Prime Minister Statement - DefMin Statement - Soldier Destined to Receive Goodies from Home Town - Tally:  121 Troops, One Diplomat Dead - - Associated Press - Agence France-Presse - Family, Friends Rush to Support Mom - More - more - CAN TF AFG Boss Missed Blast By Not So Much


"The officer in charge of the United States Central Command is warning against premature optimism as thousands of American troops surge into Afghanistan's Helmand province." - "The Taliban is in for a tough fight as the Americans increase their troops in Afghanistan but the role of the Canadian forces is not going to change, says a top U.S. military commander."


Big USA Push in Helmand:  Taliban Shoot at Marked, Unarmed Ambulance Helicopters Evacuating Wounded - More - Helmand Residents Brace - "Marines and Afghan personnel are clearing the region of Taliban and establishing bases among the people" - Taliban Shooting Back - But Not Lots Against the Brits


More on How the Dutch Are Working in Uruzgan - Poppy Cultivation Dropping in Uruzgan


Some Question About Quote Saying Chechens Are Fighting in AFG


3 July 09 

Nicholas Bulger, R.I.P.:  CF Statement - Canadian Press - National Post - - Condolences


"Canadian commanders in Afghanistan received new fighting orders on Thursday which will prevent their troops from shooting at the Taliban if there is any risk of civilian casualties, even if it means allowing the enemy to escape."


CAN Former OMLT-eer: "The current approach to operational mentoring has some inherent flaws, and poses limitations on all our other military operations, that we're having difficulty recognizing for what they are. Partly this may be due to a lack of well-defined historical models."


CAN Combat Badge Royally Approved Before Being Canned


"Le ministre des Affaires étrangères, Lawrence Cannon, ferme la porte à double tour à une prolongation de la mission des quelque 2500 soldats canadiens en Afghanistan après 2011."




Big USA Push in Helmand:  USMC Task Force Update - More - USMC Pix - Former CAN Diplomat Asks Where's Canada?" - How the Brits are Helping - Brits Launch Parallel Push - US Forces Facing Tougher-than-planned Public Response? - Reports of First USA Cas - More - more - Reuters Reports Progress - Hard Push, Still - More - More - more - more - Q&A About Offensive - Blogger Asks "What's Up with Parallel Civvy Surge?"


CO of 1st Bn Welsh Guards Killed in IED Explosion - MoD Statement



Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claim 50+ Killed in Latest US Push - Other Alleged Attacks in Zhari, Nad Ali


Support for Changes in US Counterdrug Approach


Opinion:  "If the Harper government believes that the mission can be successful, then the additional cost of extending the $11.1 billion mission and the effective cancellation of all UN missions may be a worthwhile endeavour in the pursuit of peace and stability in Afghanistan. But if there is any doubt, then a new strategy for Afghanistan must be adopted to quickly bring an end to the conflict." - "Is it possible we may finally get it right in Afghanistan? Is it possible we can kill the Taliban -- with kindness to the Afghan people."



2 July 09 

"Canada Day marked in Afghanistan with tank decor, soldiers' festivities" - "Serving in Afghanistan gives soldiers appreciation for Canada" - "Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance spent most of Canada Day visiting Canadian bases in southern Afghanistan, wishing soldiers the best — and helping stop a Taliban ambush in the process."


More on CAN Buying Reconnaissance Blimps


USA Soldier Reported Captured by Insurgents - AFG Media Says Taliban May Be Seeking Prisoner Exchange - More


ISAF:  Two Killed, Six Wounded in IED Blast in South - More - UK MoD Statement


Reaper Helps Out Over Qalat, F-18 Gives a Hand in Gereshk, and Tornado Shows Force Over Lashkar Gah


Big USA Push in Helmand:  CENTCOM Statement - A Few Military Photos - New York Times - BBC - AFP - Associated Press - FOX News - Washington Post - CNN - Comments on WP, CNN Versions


Brits Hit with Compensation Claims for Killed Civilians - Ghurkas Mentor AFG Cops in Sangin

"7 new development projects started in Urozgan Province"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Publishes (Alleged) Stats from Their OP Victory - 40+ Troops Allegedly Killed in Zabul - 29 "British invaders and puppet soldiers" Allegedly Killed, Injured in Helmand


US Army/USMC COIN Centre on How to Grow Trust in AFG


PAK Adding Border Guards on Frontier Next to Helmand


1 July 09


Ways to Celebrate Canada Day in K'Har - More


Returning RCMP Officer Happy to be Home


More on CAN's "Key Village" Approach:  "The idea is to secure and stabilize the villages near Kandahar City to make them better places to live, and much less accessible to the insurgents who use them as staging areas for operations in Kandahar City." - "The result will be to deny the insurgents the use of their traditional staging, resting and transiting areas, thus ensuring a more secure environment in Kandahar City." (.pdf permalink to both articles here) - Blog:  "Defending Kandahar to the Last Resident of Dand?" - More


CAN Foreign Affairs Minister on Extension Rumours:  "Let me be perfectly clear: Canada is abiding by the motion that was adopted in our Parliament .... Our position is perfectly clear - we are not going beyond 2011." (.pdf permalink here) - AFG Envoy to CAN Not Seeking Extension - Text of 13 Mar 08 Commons Motion (.pdf permalink here)


Meanwhile, Minister Also Expected to Tell UN to Get Out of Kabul Into the Boonies - UN Sec-Gen 23 Jun 09 Report:  "In May, UNAMA opened two new offices, in Tirin Kot and Sari Pul. Additional offices will be opened over the coming months." - More - 30 Jun 09 Debate at Security Council (.pdf permalink here) - CAN Foreign Mininster Calls for UN to do More Regionally (.pdf of UN summary of his speech here)


Shootout @ K'Har:  "Police slayings by rogue forces highlight Afghan struggle to adopt rule of law" - "Afghan interior minister seeks end to private ‘militias’"


"Three years after its residents fled, the once bustling town of Now Zad (Helmand Province) is the scene of a stalemate between a company of newly arrived Marines and a band of Taliban fighters."


UK Politician:  "We're on our way to losing and our young men are dying out there because politicians won't get their act together" - AUS Opposition Leader Drops By Uruzgan


Talkin' to the Taliban:  New Survey Shows Support for AFG Gov't "Making Amends" with Taliban - IRI Releases Survey of Afghanistan Public Opinion


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):   22 Allegedly Killed Foot Patrol Blast in Zhari


Washington Post:  "National security adviser James L. Jones told U.S. military commanders here last week that the Obama administration wants to hold troop levels here flat for now, and focus instead on carrying out the previously approved strategy of increased economic development, improved governance and participation by the Afghan military and civilians in the conflict." - Reuters Q&A on New USA Approach to AFG


 CAN in Kandahar News July 2007


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