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CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)

2 Aug 09

CAN Commander in AFG Quoted Saying, "There’s no way that Afghan forces will be able to assume responsibility for security in Kandahar in 2011." - "L'armée afghane ne pourra pas assurer la sécurité à Kandahar en 2011, estime un général canadien"


Three ISAF Troops Killed in South - Identified as US Troops - More


Four Bad Guys Nailed in Nimroz


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Summary of July 2009 Taliban Statements Claiming Responsibility for Canadian Casualties


Long War Journal on IRN Helping the Taliban


1 Aug 09

Former CAN OMLT Member:  Recent Quote from ISAF Boss by Blogger Seen as Dig at CAN Mil Int in AFG - Looking at ANA Down the Road - More


AFG Hands Over Land to CAN Embassy in Kabul


Counting the Dead:  Harder Than You Think for Compensation or for Stats (1.1 MB .pdf version of both articles) - Blog:  Why So Long To Say This Out Loud?


US Report:  Taliban Responsible for About 97 out of 100 2004-2008 Attacks - Federation of American Scientists Shares "Afghanistan — Geospatial Analysis Reveals Patterns in Terrorist Incidents 2004-2008” - More - "US pledge to reduce Afghan deaths"


More on UN Report on More Civvy Cas in First 1/2 of 2009 - "Mid-Year Bulletin on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan" (.pdf) - More


"School Foundation Stone Laid Down in Helmand"


"US, NATO forces fade into background for Afghan election to avoid perception of influence" - "Over 9,000 British and an additional 10,000 American troops have been sent into Afghanistan's Helmand Province to rout the Taliban and establish security ahead of next month's national elections. " - "Tens of thousands more U.S. soldiers may soon be needed in Afghanistan to quell the raging Taliban insurgency, top American generals are preparing to tell President Barack Obama."


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Another Rocket Attack Claimed on K'Har Airport


PAK:  We Have No Evidence Osama's Here



31 July 09

Ronald Kevin Megeney, 1982-2007, R.I.P.: Colleague Found Guilty of "criminal negligence causing death and negligent performance of a military duty" - More - more - more - more


Military Historian Jack Granatstein: "Canadians likely could have been convinced to keep more than 2,000 troops in Afghanistan, if Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other federal politicians had done more to tell the public about the goals of the mission." - Opinion:  "(Canadian) leaders were willing to put a few hundred troops in harm's way but never wanted to risk their own political careers by trying to convince Canadians the war only could be won with an all-out effort."


Embed's View of Drive from K'Har Airport to City


AFG Big Item on Incoming NATO Sec Gen's Plate Starting Today


How Number-Crunching Analysts are Helping Predict IEDs, Bad Guy Activity - UAV's to Help Out More in the Fight?


UN:  More Civvy Cas, Mostly from Bad Guy Activity - ISAF Airstrike in Zabul May Have Hit Civilians - Three Bad Guys Nabbed in K'Har Compound Search


ISAF Soldier Killed in South - Bad Month for Brit Cas - Bringing In More Medics to Help


More on Taliban Promising to Disrupt Election - More - more - Taliban Statement (Arabic) - Arabic statement at non-terrorist web page - GoogleEnglish translation - on Why This May Be Good News


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Missile Strike Alleged Against K'Har Airfield


More NATO Reaction to "Tailban Rule Book":  “The insurgents use children as suicide bombers. Despite their so-called ‘code of conduct,’ the insurgents have no respect for human life. They buy and sell children as young as 11 to act as suicide bombers and use them against the local population.”


30 July 09

RC-South Commander: "It is important that the Afghans know that we are here to stay"


CAN Soldier Sees Progress Over Two Tours


CAN, USA War Wounded to Paddle Together Along West Coast


More on Think Tank Report (.pdf) Calling for More USA Troops


Afghans Still Not Happy with Their Cops - More


US Marines Hard at Work in Helmand - More


NATO, AFG Officials: "A new Taliban code of military conduct that tells fighters to limit suicide attacks and avoid killing civilians is a sham that doesn't reflect the true nature of the insurgents"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claims to Shoot Down Helicopter in Shah Wali Kot (.pdf version at non-terrorist site here) - ISAF:  Taliban Damages Medical Evac Helicopter in South - Blog:  BAAAAAAAAAAD Taliban! - Taliban Calls for Election Boycott - More


Opinion:  "Let's not forget Jean Chrétien sent ground troops, unprotected by helicopters"


29 July 09 

CAN Reportedly Taking Kandahar City, Environs While USA Covers Rest of K'Har Province - More - CAN Def Min Says USA Troops'll Make Big Difference in the Fight - Violence Expected to Wind Down Post Election


Big Push in Helmand:  The Big Map (from BBC) - Excerpts from CO's Diaries During Brit Push


IED Kills Two AFG Civilians in Zhari - Eight AFG Security Contractors Killed in IED Blast near Gereshk - "An Afghan civilian has been killed, and five others wounded, following an incident involving International Security Assistance Force troops and insurgents southern Afghanistan."


Latest UK Fallen Identified


UN Uber-Envoy Calls on Taliban Not to Disrupt Election


USA Envoy: "More money is coming from the Gulf than is coming from the drug trade to the Taliban"  - Jihadi Post Canvasses for Mo' Money for the Taliban (.pdf) - Blogger:  Plea = Time to Jump Down Hard on Opium Trade


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  12 ISAF, 11 AFG Troops Allegedly Killed in Helmand - Unknown Poster to Jihadi Forum Claims to Witness Four Aircraft Downed in Helmand


Opinion:  World Socialists say UK "intends to deepen its collaboration with the United States in Afghanistan"


28 July 09  

Embed Blogger:  Taliban Anti-Aircraft Reported in Sangin - More


Think Tank Report (.pdf): "No meaningful form of success can occur without giving the development of ANSF forces a much higher priority." - More


Big Push in Helmand:  UK's "Mission Accomplished"? - Brit PM Statement - Last Armoured Push to Wrap Up Brit Op PANTHER'S CLAW - More - more


"At least 9 Afghans were killed and 6 others wounded in separate bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday"


Fallen Brit Gunner ID'ed - Two More UK Fallen in Helmand - Reinforcements Being Sent In


US Special Envoy Says Taliban Under Pressure - US Secretary of State Says Taliban Under Tremendous Pressure - Chair of Joint Chiefs Says Taliban Tough Organization


Talkin' to the Taliban:  More on UK, US Desire to See (Some) Taliban Brought into AFG Tent - More -  Win First, THEN Talk - Prairie Pundit Agrees


More on USA No Longer Broadcasting Taliban Body Count


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Claimed in K'Har, Helmand & Zabul - Taliban Claims Chinook Downed in Farah (first item) - New Manual for Talib Fighters? - 2006 List of Rules


Ceasefire in Baghdis Firing Alright, Ceasefire STOPS!


Blogger Worries About IND Int Work in AFG Masquerading as Aid Work



27 July 09 

"As Canadian soldiers now focus efforts on Kandahar City, Canada has much to be proud of about its mission, outgoing ambassador says" - More


Using Lasers to Detect Explosives, IEDs


CAN Officer: "Afghanistan is a country .... where corruption and greed are a normal part of life and is generally part of doing business."


A Day in the Life of the Canadian "Sheriff" of an FOB


CAN Chair of AFG Electoral Complaints Commission


Big Push in Helmand:  "The governor of Afghanistan's Helmand province has said his country is ashamed that scores of British soldiers are being killed helping the nation (and) attacked the Taliban who have bullied civilians into submission for years and urged village leaders to lobby their people against the insurgents "who have given us nothing." "


Opinion:  "The U.S. Marine advance into Helmand province is being slowed down by the new Rules Of Engagement (ROE), which forbid the use of bombs or missiles in any situation where there might be civilians."


NZ Still Considering (Another) SAS Deployment - More


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Brit Foreign Minister Urges AFG to Speak to "Moderate Taliban" - More - more - Minister's Speech (.pdf permalink here)


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Alleged in Helmand, Uruzgan


ISAF Boss Visits PAK - More - more


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