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CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)

13 Sept 09

CAN CDS: "Soldiers in the Kandahar area have gone from being run ragged to being firmly in control"


More on K'Har City Intelligence HQ Attack - One of a Wave of Attacks Across AFG


National Post Review of "Confronting the Chaos" by Sean Maloney


"U.S. to send more counter-explosives units to Afghanistan" - USA DEA Raids K'Har Drug Lab - Video - Ten Civilians Killed in Uruzgan IED Strike


Brit Officer Wins Two Awards for Bayoneting Taliban - BBC Video of Life in Brit Compound in AFG


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "I told the US to talk to the Taliban. They jailed me"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claims 20+ Killed in Helmand Clashes


12 Sept 09 

CAN Model Village Doing Well (But Drawing the Eye of the Bad Guy?)


Ronald Kevin Megeney, R.I.P. Mother of Convicted Apologizes to Family of Fallen


"Shoemaking as an alternative livelihood in Kandahar"


"US troops in Afghanistan remember 9-11 attacks amid waning support for eight-year war"


CAN Embassy Cutting IED Explosion from Washington, D.C. Display


UK's Prince Edward Drops By - More - AUS Troops Injured in Uruzgan IED Incident

Tweets Allege Bombing, Gunfire Attack on K'Har City National Directorate of Security Office - Maiwand IED Kills Five Civilians in Kandahar Province - Video (~3 minutes) of Taliban Blowing Up Own IED While Planting It - Meanwhile, IED "Facilitator" Nabbed in Helmand


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Claimed in K'Har, Helmand and Zabul


Opinion:  CAN Senator Says "War cannot be won in Afghanistan. It is time to talk about retreat" - UN Should Stay Away from Kunduz Fuel Truck Strike Probe - "The war in Afghanistan is not about freedom and human rights. For the West, it is a conflict to shore up a border region in the American Empire, the kind of war the Romans fought on the Scottish border, or to hold back the barbarians on the frontiers of Gaul or in the Balkans."


ISAF Commander: "No signs of a major al-Qaida presence in the country, but .... the terror group still maintains close links to insurgents." - Meanwhile, "Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida is under heavy pressure in its strongholds in Pakistan's remote tribal areas and is finding it difficult to attract recruits or carry out spectacular operations in western countries" - PAK Taliban Boss Building New Links with AQ


11 Sept 09


"Prime Minister Stephen Harper will participate in a memorial to commemorate the victims of September 11th, 2001 and the sacrifices of the members of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan."


"Canada's task force in Kandahar is to grow by nearly 1,000 soldiers this month as U.S. troops pour into the provincial capital to work alongside Canadians mentoring Afghan police there."


AFG Election Panel Throws Out Fraudulent Votes in K'Har, Ghazni and Paktika - More - more - more - "US warns Taliban may benefit from Afghan vote delay" - CAN Ambassador:  “Canada awaits the official, ratified results of the elections. Those results must be in accordance with Afghanistan's electoral law and reflect the will of the Afghan people.”


Ronald Kevin Megeney, R.I.P.:  "Military justice system ruled fair by judge, sentencing hearing continues" - More - more - more - more - "Father of soldier killed by colleague in Afghanistan says he lost his best buddy"


Kandahar PRT "goes greener while helping local business"


Bruce Cockburn Drops By to Visit Doctor Brother - More - more


NATO Sec-Gen Cancels Visit to CAN - "Secrétaire général de l'OTAN annule une visite à Ottawa"


NATO CIMIC Rep: "The U.S. could be stuck fighting in Afghanistan for a long time because its army doesn't have the training to connect with the population or understand that country's complicated culture" - More


CAN Officer @ COIN Centre Blog:  "If we can’t find the Afghan Inglorious Bastards and figure out why criminals without money, air support, artillery, armoured vehicles or large training centers can be compared to the Marines, we will never win this fight. We need to ask tough questions and stop making up the answers that please us."


Think Tank Report: "Eight years after 9/11 Taliban now has a permanent presence in 80% of Afghanistan" - More


AFG Civil Servants Moonlighting for the Taliban Because They're Not Getting Paid at Work


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Alleged Double Homicide Bombing Attack in Helmand, Brits Alleged Killed



10 Sept 09

Jean-François Drouin, Yannick Pépin, R.I.P.:  Dépouilles rentrent au pays - Plus - They're Home - More


Martin Joannette, Pat Audet, R.I.P.:  Initial Occurrence Report on Helicopter Crash Out (PDF version) - "The Canadian air force is taking steps to handle "dust ball" landings differently in the aftermath of a helicopter crash .... in Afghanistan."


Ronald Kevin Megeney, R.I.P.:  "Military justice system 'cruel and unusual,' lawyer tells sentencing hearing"


"La gouverneure générale et commandante en chef du Canada effectue sa deuxième visite en Afghanistan"- CAN Governor-General Drops By - More - Says Mission "Far from Lost Cause" - More - more - more - Michaëlle Jean défend la mission - Plus


Spin Boldak Border Crossing Still Closed on PAK Side - More


International Criminal Court Reportedly "Collecting Information" on Incidents in AFG to See if They Might Be War Crimes - More


"Britain, France and Germany have called for “timelines” to be set for a step-by-step handover of responsibility for Afghanistan to its people."


NATO Sec-Gen: "What we need is a clear step toward transition to Afghan leadership in all areas — security, health, education, development and governance." - “Let no one think that a run for the exits is an option; it is not.” - Worries Debate Going in Wrong Direction


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claim Big British Casualty Count in Helmand - Taliban Alleges Downed Helicopter in Kunar


Opinion:  "As Mackenzie King also understood, no substantial Canadian force should ever be deployed abroad without a vote of Parliament."


AFG Tells IRN Not to Interfere



9 Sept 09 

Jean-François Drouin, Yannick Pépin, R.I.P.:  "Nos camarades morts en service reviennent au pays" - "Fallen Comrades Return Home (Today)" - More


"A sentencing hearing begins Wednesday for a young Canadian reservist convicted in the 2007 shooting death of another soldier while serving in Afghanistan."


Former DND DM, Hostage of AQ in Africa:  "It's not just the commitment and the wasting of our youth and the enormous, enormous cost in difficult financial times. It's to get it done, we will have to do some unpleasant things. I mean some deeply hard, this isn't — this is not a nice war."


AFG Election Recount Needed in Some Areas - Could Take Months


LOTS of Explosives Seized in Kandahar Raid - Taliban Using Mosque as Fire Base in Kandahar - "Clash between Afghan troops and Taliban insurgents in Kandahar province south of Afghanistan claimed the lives of two insurgents and forced nine others to lay down arms and surrender" - Bad Boys "Interdicted" (Permanently) in Zabul


Taliban Kills Civilians in Homicide Bomb Attack in Helmand


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Alleged in Helmand, Uruzgan - Taliban Claims to Have All the Answers to the Kunduz Fuel Truck Strike


Opinion:  "The loss of two more Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan over the weekend proves that coalition troops "are not winning" the battle for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people and Canada needs to rethink its military strategy in the country"


"Eight NATO supply trucks torched in Pakistan: police"


8 Sept 09 

Jean-François Drouin, Yannick Pépin, R.I.P.:  "Canadiens tués sont honorés lors d'une cérémonie en Afghanistan" - On Their Way Home - More - more - "Maj. Yannick Pepin, the highest ranking Canadian killed in combat in Afghanistan, had lamented the death of two soldiers under his command just five weeks ago." - More - ISAF Statement - Déclaration du ministre de la Défense nationale - Statement by the Minister of National Defence


CAN Officer Appointed to Investigate NATO Attack on Fuel Trucks in Kunduz - More - more - Officer's Biography


Next ROTO of CAN Tankers Preparing to Head Downrange


Four Minute YouTube Video of CAN Troops in Contact at Night in K'Har City


UN:  Vote Counting by Election Monitors Expected to be Complete this Week - Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan news release page


"A military watchdog agency has subpoenaed senior federal officials and is seeking a court order to force the Conservative government to release withheld information concerning the controversial transfer of suspected Taliban fighters into Afghan custody."


Former CAN OMLT'eer on AP Photos of the Dying:  "There will be no consequences in this case for Associated Press and other journalists, partly because, with the war trending down, soldiers need the journalists more than ever and have to put up with more of their liberties"


Agence France-Presse:  USA Can Send Arms, Troops via RUS - More - AFG Taliban Rejects Call for Help from PAK Taliban - Weasel Zippers blog: "The 96-Hour NATO Rule That Is Limiting Success In Afghanistan" Danger Room blog: "Fighting for Real Estate in Helmand Province — Or Losing Focus?" - "Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team Helps Reconnect Afghan Government"


Bad Guys Nabbed in Kandahar - "At least one civilian was killed and more than 20 others injured in a bomb blast in southern Urozgan province" - More - "Unknown armed men shot dead a woman worked outside home in Kandahar province the birthplace of Taliban in south Afghanistan on Monday"


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai hopes to hold peace talks with the Taliban within 100 days if he is re-elected"


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


More on How Opium Funds the Taliban


7 Sept 09


Jean-François Drouin, Yannick Pépin, R.I.P.: CF News release - FC Communiqué - Presse Canadienne - Canadian Press - - Radio-Canada - - CanWest/Global - Bloomberg - Message de gouverneure générale - GG Statement - Déclaration du Premier ministre du Canada - PM Statement -


Taliban Claims Responsibility?


More on CAN Military Hospital Presence Shrinking in K'Har


US Serviceman Killed in South


Brit Special Forces Busy Nabbing IED Caches - RAF Officer Lobbies for "A Beer in Hand For Every Soldier Leaving AFG"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  A Number of Attacks Alleged in Zabul


6 Sept 09 

US, UK Giving Up Hope on European Countries Sending More Help to AFG?


More on AFG Authority Involvement in Drug Trade


AFG Troops, AUS Special Forces Strike Bomb Stuff Caches in Uruzgan


Latest Fallen Brit Identified   - Royal Family Reportedly Pissed at Underequipping of UK Troops in AFG


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Alleged in Garsir, Shah Joy and Mizani Districts - Taliban's Latest Version of Stats


Opinion on Why Tribal Militias Don't Work (Hint:  They Haven't in the Past) - More


5 Sept 09


Quebec Comedienne/Singer Now Supports Mission After Entertaining the Troops - "Annie Dufresne maintenant convaincue de la nécessité de la mission" -

What the Folks in CAN HQ Are Doing

CAN Officer: "Some of the ordnance used by the Taliban against Canadian tanks "are definitely attributable to the Soviet occupation era" "


CAN Officer on COIN Centre Blog:  "The time of the warlord has passed. If they could secure the country perhaps we should pull out and let them do it and stop sullying our name by associating with them. If they can’t secure Afghanistan they are the root cause of the insurgency." - Worthington:  "Critics who deplore the warlords and endemic corruption miss the point. These have always existed in Afghanistan -- a country of varying tribes and clans, where warlords are like the feudal lords who once ruled Europe." blog:  Not JUST CBC Happy to Show Off the Dead


Strategy Page: "While the foreign troops are busy chasing down the Taliban and drug gangs in Helmand, the civilians have learned that they have more to fear from the Taliban bombs, than they do from the foreign troops."


Bad Water in Part of Kandahar Province


UK PM Calls on NATO Allies to Help in the Fight - "We Cannot Walk Away"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Alleged in K'Har, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul


UN Planning AFG Summit Next Spring


Opinion:  "A Stable Pakistan Needs a Stable Afghanistan"


4 Sept 09

"U.S. probe of 2006 Afghan friendly fire critical of Canada"


CAN Transferring Control of K'Har Military Hospital - One Plastic Surgeon's Story


Facebook Photos of CAN Gunners in AFG


Former OMLT'eer Tells the REST of the Story about Southern Tribal Leaders Alleging Election Fraud


New CAN Ambassador Drops By K'Har Provincial Governor's Office


CAN Pissed at Latest Homicide Bombing Attack near Kabul - ISAF Commander Pissed


The Torch Shares Way to Help a School in AFG


CAN Embassy in USA to Hold Micro-Ex to Let American Leaders Know about Canada's Efforts


July K'Har Drug Raid Nabs Border Police Boss


Brit Maintainer Killed in Babaji Explosion - Identified - Second Bn Mercian Soldier Killed by Gunfire in Babaji - New and Improved Brit FOB - Captain's Journal blog on War on Foot in Helmand


Still Lots of American Anti-Tank Mines in Taliban Arsenel from When They Were Fighting the Soviets - Written Response Referred to in Article (.pdf) - US Looking into Possibility of Aid Funding Ending Up in Taliban Hands


Talkin' to the Taliban Helmand Governor Quoted Saying “We have intensified our efforts for months so that we can bring over some groups of the insurgents to the government side.”


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claims U.S. Forces Caused Car Bomb Massacre in Kandahar City - Profile of Taliban Boss in Uruzgan (Last Item)


RUS Ready to Offer Advice on AFG Strategy


3 Sept 09 

"Les soldats canadiens n'ont jamais été assez nombreux dans Kandahar" - Google English:  Never Enough CAN Soldiers in Panjwai - "Le Canada joue quitte ou double"


German Journalist on Kandahar Security Situation: "The Canadians have done a poor job in trying to maintain security. The local government is also partially to blame. There has been an influx of different governors coming and going .... And the Taliban have done a very good job with taking out the middle management (among the government officials.)"


CAN Drops Plans to Use Donkeys for Hauling - Discussion on Some Donkey Use in AFG


More on Latest UN Drug Report: "Poppy cultivation increased in the Canadian military's theatre of action in Afghanistan while the rest of the country saw a decline in poppy crops" - More - more


More on Canada's Man in the Election Fracas - "Election results are headed into weeks of limbo as a government commission investigates more than 600 complaints of ballot stuffing, intimidation and other allegations."


The Torch blog: "Canadians love to talk the talk about being a, er, force in the world and still (delusionally) believe we are. But we will not walk the walk, nor pay the price." blog:  Kajaki Dam Proof that Development, Aid Can't Happen Without Security - Boots on the Ground blog:  "There is a time to build, and there is a time to fight. It may be that unless we want to fund a self-perpetuating war in Afghanistan, we may need to focus more on taking out the trash before we spend a whole lot sprucing up the place."


"For the Marines of Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, hunting the Taliban takes patience and flexibility."


K'Har Bad Boy Nabbed - Taliban Looking for 5.45mm Rifles to Help Penetrate Body Armour? - How Crime Helps Pay the Taliban's Bills - Protection Racketeering Helps, Too


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Alleged in K'Har, Helmand and Zabul - Taliban Targets Mosque to Kill Int Boss


2 Sept 09 

R22eR BG Commander: "We are about to break the Canadian status quo of 3 1/2 years .... It has been extremely interesting since April and will be until next April."


"Le lieutenant Alexandre Hottin vit depuis un mois chez les talibans."


Opinion:  "Canadians have paid dearly in both lives and treasure over the past eight years .... If this sacrifice is not to be wasted, the next Afghan government .... must be held to a much higher standard of competence and integrity. ISAF forces cannot continue to provide support for a government that is flagrant in its disdain for its own people."


Mountie Complains of Low Key Racism at Work in KPRT - Suing the Force


CAN COIN Centre Exchange Officer Asks "Is there a hybrid solution, local security forces with leadership trained, paid and loyal to the centre, like the British system in ancient Scotland, Wales and Ireland?" - Blog:  It'll Take QUITE a While Blog:  Some Ideas For Sharing Good News with Canadians


Southern Tribal Leaders Call for Karzai to Go - More - Authorities Ready for Run-off Election if Needed - More Evidence of Taliban Maiming of Potential Voters in Daikundi


"NATO soldiers ordered to drive nice on Afghan streets, win trust of people"


Taliban Mines in Helmand Maiming, Killing Civilians - IED's Killing Clumsy Taliban in K'Har - Washington Post: "The Taliban has become a much more potent adversary in Afghanistan by improving its own tactics and finding gaps in the U.S. military playbook"


Latest Brit Fallen Identified - Close Call for AUS Chinook in Kandahar - DNK PM Drops By - Report:  LOADS of Private Security Contractors Working for US in AFG


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  August 2009 Stats of Taliban Claims of Canadian Casualties - Taliban Web Page Now Claims Taliban, Not NATO, Destroyed Latest Downed Chinook - Big (Alleged) Punch-up in Musa Qala - More Killings Alleged in K'Har, Helmand and Uruzgan


NATO Military Work = Drop in Drug Production - More - more - Still, Evidence Bad Guys Forming Cartel, Stockpiling Drugs - More Details from UNODC "It seems like no one either in the Obama Administration or the military is articulating why a counterinsurgency in Afghanistan (and not, say, Pakistan) is the most promising method of ensuring al Qaeda never again imposes a strategic threat against us."


UN Uber-Envoy:  "Enough is Enough with the Piecemeal Approach" - Also Calls for Three-Week Peace Campaign


1 Sept 09


CAN "Stabilization Company" for Kandahar PRT


"Une escouade anti-drogue sans Canadiens" - Plus - Blog:  CAN SF Are Busy Enough Doing Other Good Work


"The top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, said Monday that conditions on the ground were “serious” but that the war here is still winnable, part of a long-awaited assessment of the American-led war." - More - more - "There needs to be some fundamentally new thinking in Afghanistan"


The New Yorker with "Road Rage: Marauding Taliban and drug-dealing warlords on the road to Kandahar"


"Tactical Conflict Assessment Planning and Framework" Helping U.S. Marines Deal with Conflict in Helmand


Blogger Shows Election Day Work in Sangin


Two Black Watch Soldiers Killed in Explosion During Foot Patrol - ISAF Statement - Two More ISAF Troops Killed in Southern Firefight - NLD Civvy Boss in Oruzgan Blogs & Settles Into His Job


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claims Responsibility for Latest Brit Chinook Incident (.pdf) - Attacks Alleged in Panjwai, Arghandab, Marja, Tarin Kowt and Qalat - The Torch Spots Globe & Mail Letter Comparing Quoting Taliban to Quoting Goebbels


U.S. Special Envoy Says Taliban Hurting Bad in S. AFG - Opinion:  Not Looking Good for the Talban (But You Don't Hear THEM Complaining)


31 Aug 09 

CAN Not Part of AFG Drug-Lord Hunting Teams - More - U.S. Senate Report Mentioned in Story (.pdf) - Alternate Site for Report


"Les soldats à pied de plus en plus visés" Blog:  Insensitive Blog Post on Recent CAN Injury


"Canadians instructing Afghans on how to fight and prepare for war are following an honourable tradition, says Canada's top Operational Mentor and Liaison Team adviser to local forces in Kandahar."


New Rules of the Road for ISAF Drivers


Another Brit Chinook Destroyed to Keep It Out of Enemy Hands - More - more - more - more - .pdf of initial release material - UK Sending More IED, Trainers to AFG (But Not Increasing Total Numbers in Country)


"An Australian Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle has been struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to the north of Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, resulting in damage to the vehicle." - "The Governor of Oruzgan province, Assadullah Hamdam has thanked Australian Army engineers for their efforts in refurbishing the Tarin Kowt Boy’s School."


K'Har City Hospital Busy After Latest Blast


Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Allege Brit Kill During Brit PM Visit - Still Some Trouble with Translations


Opinion: "After eight years of international military intervention, the Afghan people are now free to vote for the warlord of their choice, and then equally free to ignore the election result if they don’t like the outcome."


"General Stanley McChrystal, the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan forwarded his strategic assessment today to the Commander, U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, and the Commander, Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Egon Ramms, who will comment and forward through their respective chains of command to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and NATO Secretary General." - Analyst:  More Troops, Resources Needed, Not Just "broad set of strategic concepts"


Kilcullen: "A government that is losing to a counter-insurgency isn't being outfought, it is being out-governed. And that's what's happening in Afghanistan."


"Brig. Gen. Phillip E. McGhee, director of Resource Management for U.S. Army Forces, U.S. Central Command, said by the beginning of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, the Army will go cashless in (Afghanistan) when writing up contracts with local vendors."


"Bombings targeted a Pakistani police station and set a NATO fuel convoy ablaze Sunday, killing 16 cadets in the northwest's Swat Valley and threatening the supply line to international forces in Afghanistan in a separate attack near the border."


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