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CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)


11 Aug 09 

 

"The head of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan has pledged to do “whatever we got to do” to back war-weary Canadian troops fighting to stop the Taliban from strengthening control over Kandahar city." - More on the Fight in the South - Fight in South Squeezing Bad Guys North?

 

Canadian Press:  "The military is recommending an overhaul of its medal system to address a growing number of complaints that have overshadowed the glittering honours awarded to troops who serve overseas."

 

CAN Buying New Helicopters.... - ....But Not in Time for Use in AFG?

 

How Helmand Mullahs are Pressing Afghans to Boycott Election - "Military operations against the Taleban may have failed to prepare Helmand for polling."

 

NZ SAS Headed (Back) to AFG - More - more - Will Kiwi SF Be Working with AUS/NLD, or CAN Special Forces? - Some Brits Having to Dye Cam Clothing Greenish

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Vehicles Allegedly Destroyed in K'Har, Helmand, Zabul

 

Opinion:  Huffington Post Asks If K'Har Has (Essentially) Fallen Already - Is Helmand a Sideshow? - More - "We can win in Afghanistan, but only if we restructure the campaign and resource it properly."

 

"U.S. to Hunt Down Afghan Drug Lords Tied to Taliban" - More - Registan.net:  "Killing the engine of Afghanistan’s rural economy doesn’t address the fundamental problem, which is that opium is an indicator, not a cause, of other, deeper issues like a lack of institutions, severe insecurity, and crap infrastructure."

 

 

10 Aug 09

"Canada transferred responsibility for the northern approaches to Kandahar City to the United States .... in a move designed to allow the Canadian battle group to concentrate on fighting the Taliban in the provincial capital and three notoriously turbulent, heavily populated outlying districts."

 

"Canada needs post-2011 Afghan strategy, experts; critics" - MILNEWS.ca Blog:  Sure Do

 - "Opinion d'experts - Le Canada devrait établir une stratégie après le retrait des troupes en 2011"

 

USA, ISAF Boss:  Taliban Has Momentum, Push-Back Has to be Firm

 

Helicopter Gunship Video of IED Planters in Zabul

 

Opinion: "Two months before the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of NATO's first-ever ground war the world is witness to a 21st Century armed conflict without end waged by the largest military coalition in history." - "It is hard to imagine a secretary-general of NATO failing to understand, or respect, the American or British positions on Afghanistan – or even, for that matter, that of the obstreperous French."

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Two Brit Tanks Claimed Destroyed in Helmand - Taliban Claims New FM Transmitters in Ghazni, Paktia, Paktika, Kunar and Nuristan (.pdf version if lnk doesn't work) - Registan.net Asks Why They're Still Transmitting

 

Death of PAK Taliban Boss = Trouble in AFG? - "No, Really, He's Just Really Sick, That's All..."

 

9 Aug 09 

"Les civils craignent les représailles" - "Reconstruire l'Afghanistan, un village à la fois"

 

"Canada's role in Afghanistan will be on the menu when Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits the White House next month." - More

 

Opinion: "NATO's new boss is 100% committed to Afghanistan. Is Canada?"

 

Pentagon:  Review of AFG Mission Taking Longer than Planned - More - Analyst Discusses What to Measure

 

More on Investigation of Civvy Cas in Uruzgan

 

USMC Trains, Mentors AFG Cops in South Helmand

 

UK Identifies Three Fallen Paras - Another UK Soldier Killed - AFG Troops Killed in Zabul Blast - Three AUS Troops Injured by Uruzgan IED Blasts

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "The Taliban have no trust in the Western-backed Afghan government and no immediate incentive to accept calls for talks which could stop their insurgency dragging on for decades"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Alleged in K'Har, Helmand, Nimroz & Uruzgan - Taliban Claims Four FM Transmitters Around AFG

 

PAK Taliban Says PAK Tailban Leader Just Hiding - More - PAK:  Yeah?  Prove It!

 

8 Aug 09

 

OMLT Work =/= No Combat

 

Former OMLT-eer Blogger Questions Toronto Star Article on Post-Deployment Decompression

 

Opinion: "It's too late to "sell" the Afghanistan mission to Canadians" - "Canada is operating on borrowed time in Kandahar, with less than two years remaining until the end set by Parliament to the mission. It is not too late, however, for Canada to make a difference." - "NATO can't back down from the challenge."

 

Failed Communist Party of Canada Candidate Dings NDP Leader for Supporting the Troops Too Much

 

Kilcullen:  USA Has Two Years to Hand Off to AFG Forces (or Leave Losers)? - Brit General Predicts UK Could Have 40 Year Role in AFG - More

 

Fertilizer Bomb Material Seized in K'Har City - ISAF Looking Into Civvy Cas in Uruzgan - More

 

UK Paras Killed Supporting Special Forces - NLD Special Forces Nab Bad Guys in Uruzgan - More - NLD Also Involved in Nailing IED Supplies Cache in Helmand - More on USA Patrolling on Foot in Zabul

 

Think Tank:  Run Off Election (Plus More Violence) Likely - "Afghanistan Elections: Guns and Money" - More

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "All this chatter about negotiating with even the vilest of protagonists/antagonists presumes that there's a receptive ear for such overtures. On the evidence, that simply isn't the case."

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Seven Allegedly Killed in Outpost Blast near K'Har

 

PAK Taliban Boss Stops Predator Missile - More - more - PAK Getting Bounty? - Possible Successors - More - Taliban Still Denying It

 

7 Aug 09

 

NATO Sec-Gen Drops By CAN Project, Hopes CAN'll Stick Around Past 2011:  Canadian Press - Globe & Mail - CanWest - CTV.ca - CBC.ca - Reuters - What He Was Up To Before Visiting CAN Project

 

Canada's Response:  We're Sticking by The Resolution of March 2008 - More - MILNEWS.ca Blog:  What's That Mean, Exactly?  - Text of Motion Adopted by the House of Commons 13 Mar 08

 

Opinion:  "With every day that passes, a 2011 pull-out - from combat operations in Kandahar, if not Afghanistan altogether - seems more inevitable." - "It may be that there is a role for Canadian troops to play in other, less volatile regions of Afghanistan than Kandahar, more akin to their operations in Kabul before 2006."

 

Worries About How CAN Troops Spend Money After Tour?

 

ISAF Chopper Lands Because of Mechanical Problems in South

 

Three British Paras Killed in Blast North of Lashkar Gah - More - Poochie Helps Brit Bomb Hunters

 

Afghans Allege Gunship Shot Up Van with Cucumbers (ISAF Says They Watched Van for an Hour Being Loaded with Weapons) - More - Holger Awakens Blog Shakes Its Head at Story

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):   Americans Accused of Killing Civilians in Kandahar - Drop in Taliban Postings Post-Kidnapping? (.pdf)

 

White House Wrestling with How to Measure Progress

 

PAK Bans Swack of Terrorist Organizations

 

6 Aug 09 

"As the Canadian Forces and the Taliban both opt to do less face-to-face fighting, Canada's role is shifting towards a joint civil-military effort aimed at winning the hearts and minds of Afghans through the digging of wells, building of bridges and allocation of micro-grants."

 

MILNEWS.ca Blog:  Why Isn't Canada Sharing Good News Quicker?

 

AFG-ISAF Team Nabs K'Har Bad Boy Bosses

 

Latest Reports of Alleged Civvy Casualties in K'Har:  Villagers' Story - ISAF's Story - Looking Into It

 

Roadside Bomb Kills Wedding Guests in Helmand - More - more - Taliban Rule Book:  "Governors, district chiefs and line commanders and every member of the Mujahideen must do their best to avoid civilian deaths, civilian injuries and damage to civilian property. Great care must be taken."

 

NATO SecGen Drops By AFG, Says NATO'll Finish the Job - More - Pledges Action on Civvy Casualties

 

Map Obtained by Reuters Shows Hot Spots - MILNEWS.ca Blog:  Reuters Takes "Glass Half Emtpy" Approach (Needs Help with Rounding Figures, Too) - Army.ca Discussion

 

Latest UK Fallen Identified

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  UK Ambassador to AFG Quoted Saying "As many as two-thirds" of the Taliban Could Be Persuaded to Switch Sides

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claim Responsibility for Latest Two Canadian Casualties - More on Taliban Threatening to Disrupt Elections - More

 

UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Report: "Global Security: Afghanistan And Pakistan" (.pdf) - More

 

Small Wars Journal paper:  "The Interrelationship of Culture, Economics, and Security in Afghanistan"

 

 

5 Aug 09

Matthieu Allard & Christian Bobbitt, R.I.P.:  "Corps des soldats Allard et Bobbitt de retour au pays" - Plus - Tbey're Home - More

 

CAN, Other Forces Review Pre-Election Security Measures

 

RC-South Commander:  Trust in ISAF Forces is Building (But It's Been Hard Work Getting to This Point)

 

New ISAF Command System:  Four Star is in Charge of War in AFG, Three-Star In Charge of Day-to-Day Ops - More

 

AFG Troops Kill Bad Guys in Helmand - ISAF Medics Share Care in Zabul - Safe Areas Reportedly Growing in Uruzgan

 

Alleged Civvy Casualties in Arghandab Air Strike - NATO:  No Civvies Hit

 

UK Maintainer Killed in IED Blast Near Babaji - More - AUS Troops Injured Mentoring AFG Troops in Uruzgan - AUS Chinook Takes Small Arms Fire in South - UK DefMin Drops By - Bulgarians Help Guard K'Har Airfield

 

Brit Vehicles Stalled in Dubai Due to RAF Plane Shortage - More

 

PAK Preparing for Taliban Streaming Out of Southern AFG

 

 

4 Aug 09 

Matthieu Allard & Christian Bobbitt, R.I.P.: Second Fallen Sapper Identified - "L’identité du deuxième militaire canadien tué en Afghanistan est révélée" - "Rapatriement des dépouilles mortelles de nos soldats" - Coming Home Tomorrow - Presse Canadienne - Globe & Mail - Canadian Press - CanWest - CBC.ca - "We must not only grieve: We must remember their fellow engineers who, at this very moment, are on the roads of Kandahar, walking slowly toward armed monsters, quietly calculating how they can render the IEDs harmless to fellow soldiers and the little Afghan girl watching from the side of the road."

 

2 i/c of CAN Counter-IED Unit (.pdf version of article): "We've been getting better equipment, our vehicles are better-equipped to resist some of the blasts. And that impacted their response: They had to put more explosives in in order to achieve the same results, so that makes it harder for them to hide them."

 

"A suicide bomber attacked a vehicle of a district intelligence official in the southern Zabul province, killing 4 and wounding 17" - "Afghan-International Security Forces Disarm Taliban in Helmand"

 

MILNEWS.ca Blog:  UN Report on Civilian Casualties Includes Information on Taliban Tactics, Targeting - Taliban Trying to Make "Invisible" IEDs in Helmand

 

UK Media:  Choppers Destined for AFG Not Safe - MoD:  We're Getting Them Ready - 50+ Amputees in UK From Svc in AFG - NLD's Civilian Rep Heads to Uruzgan

 

Kabul Blogger Teaches Blogging in Helmand

 

More on the Taliban's Latest Set o' Rules - More

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  UN Uber-Envoy: "When the new Government has been formed, a political process should be opened with all parts of the population as soon as possible and that would have to include insurgents."

 

Latest Taliban Warning: "People with camera cellphones must not have pictures of unrelated women and handsome boys in their phones, which is against Islamic sharia"

 

New NATO SecGen Calls for More "International" Effort in AFG - More - UK Calls for Same - ISAF Commander's "Special Advisors" on the AFG Strategy

 

 

3 Aug 09 

Deux soldats canadiens tués et un blessé par un engin explosif:  Soldats morts sont rapatriés - FC dit "Deux soldats canadiens ont été tués et un blessé lorsqu’un engin explosif improvisé a explosé près d’une patrouille dans le district de Zhari." - CF Statement - Message de gouverneure générale - Message from GG - Déclaration du Premier ministre - PM Statement - Déclaration du ministre de la Défense nationale - DefMin Statement - ISAF Statement - Presse Canadienne - Canadian Press - Le Soleil - Radio-Canada - CBC.ca - CanWest - More - Globe & Mail - More - more - CTV.ca - Toronto Star - More - Xinhua

 

CAN Helping Fix Up K'Har Prison

 

MILNEWS.ca Blog on UN Report on Civilian Casualties:  Headlines You Won't See

 

New NATO Sec-Gen:  “I’m not in favor of setting timelines .... Let no Taliban propagandist try to sell my message as a run for the exits. It is not. We will support the Afghan people for as long as it takes.” - Doesn't Want AFG To Become Terror Hub - OTAN secrétaire général: "Nous resterons (en Afghanistan) tant que cela sera nécessaire"

 

Registan.net on How Foot Patrolling Out of Platoon-sized FOB is Working in Zabul - More

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  UN AFG Boss Says Any Talks with Taliban Have to Include Leadership - More - more - more - FRA Foreign Minister Supports Talking to Taliban

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claims Responsibility for Canadian Deaths, Claim Lots of Casualties in Helmand, Zabul

 

"The propaganda fight is intense because whoever wins it will gain the support of the people and stands a chance of winning the war on the ground too."

 

"Tensions grow in Afghanistan as villagers get rid of opium, fall into poverty"

 

 

2 Aug 09 

Two Canadian Military Engineers Killed by Two IED  Blasts in Zhari

 

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"

 

Two Bad Guys Nabbed in Compound Search in Senjaray, Zharmi District - Four Bad Guys Nailed in Nimroz

 

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

 

Concerns About NZ Troops Handing Detainees Over to USA - More - more - more

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  Tough Talking to the Taliban While They're Trying to Disrupt Elections

 

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

 

Opinion:  "Many Canadians may be anxious for a military pullout in the stated time. But the success of the mission also depends on the government explaining to Canadians what our long-term goals are in a country where we have planted our footprint."

 

AFG Academic: "The West, when it toppled the Taliban, mistook the Taliban defeat for its elimination. It was a big mistake."

 

UN Uber-Envoy: "This year is a critical year for Afghanistan. While this has been said before and the security situation looks dire, the present circumstances also provide ample opportunities. The picture is more mixed than ever. If we build upon recent progress and manage the situation well, this year could indeed become a turning point for Afghanistan."

 

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) - MILNEWS.ca 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 - Registan.net 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 - MILNEWS.ca 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 ....in 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"


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