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CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)

11 Nov 09


Chief of Defence Staff:  We're Packing to Leave K'Har by End of 2011 as per Commons Resolution -  "Perhaps we need to consider putting troops someplace else in Afghanistan to prevent the imbalance in our contribution that Parliament expressly wanted to avoid"


Flap Over Canadian Detainees in AFG Getting H1N1 Vaccinations - More - more - more - more - "Taliban prisoners to get vaccine before Canadians" - Committee Testimony About Geneva Conventions


"He Says, She Says" on Zabul Raid:  ISAF Says Suspected IED Facilitator Nabbed - AFG Red Crescent Says Their Office Attacked


Latest Brit Fallen was Son of Calgary Cop


Mullah Omar Spokesperson Promises War in AFG Until Foreign Troops Leave


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Alleges Attacks Killing Brits, Americans in Helmand, Others in Zabul


10 Nov 09 

Steven Marshall, R.I.P.:  Funeral in Calgary Today


CF soldier on stress:  "I don't think anybody who watches a soldier disappear on an IED can not be affected"


First Sacrifice Medals Presented - More - Prime Minister's Statement - List o' Recipients


More on Taliban Hunger Strike at Sarpoza Prison


CBS News:  Obama to Approve ~40K More Troops? - Senior SpecOps Officers Helping Shape Approach?


CAN to AFG:  Sorry, No H1N1 Vaccine to Spare


US Govt Watchdog Report: "Afghanistan’s security situation has deteriorated significantly since 2005, affecting all aspects of U.S. and allied reconstruction operations."


NGO: "Why Afghanistan’s 2009 Elections were (and were not) a Disaster" (PDF)


~2300 kg of Fertilizer Explosive Seized in Kandahar Raid - Brit Commander in Helmand:  We're NOT Pulling Back to Avoid Casualties - Progress, Hope in Helmand? - AUS Troops Nab Arms Caches in North of Tirin Kowt - More - AUS Medics Patch Up Afghan Civilian Injured in Firefight


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):  Canadian TF Commander, Canadian Troops have Cameo Appearance in Taliban Video - More - Attacks Alleged Against Brits in Helmand


AFG Tailban Commander Disassociates with PAK Taliban - More - Hekmatyar:  We're Not Linked to Haqqani - More


9 Nov 09


Outgoing Canadian Commander: "The international community is going to demand honesty, integrity and good performance from all levels of government or we won't stay" - More


"The uneasy ride of Canada's tankers in Afghanistan"


Départ de 125 soldats de Valcartier


CAN Spokesperson Explains NATO Counterinsurgency Approach (YouTube)


"Remembrance Day in Kandahar a time to reflect on bigger picture" - Brits Remember in Helmand, Too - More


CAN Detainee Handling Fracas:  Who's Speaking When to to the Special Committee


"Taliban prisoners on hunger strike in Kandahar" - Last Time They Complained About Prison Conditions - A Bit on What Canada's Done at Sarpoza Prison There - Initial Taliban Statement on Hunger Strike (Arabic - Google English)


H1N1 Closes Schools Across AFG, including Kandahar


US Think Tank:  15.8K More Troops Needed to Secure Kandahar - Think Tank Report (3.1 MB PDF)


2 RIFLES Solider Killed in Sangin IED Blast - 4 RIFLES Soldier Killed in Sangin Blast - The Torch on UK Wants to Consolidate Troops, Reduce Combat Ops


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Alleges 6 Canadians Killed, Tank Destroyed in Kandahar Attack


8 Nov 09


Justin Boyes, R.I.P.: Laid to Rest - More


Canadian MPs Surprised by CF Ordered to Start Pulling Out of Kandahar


Canadian Press Embed Talks to Anti-IED Troops, Pilots about Adrenaline


UK 2 RIFLES Soldier Killed in Helmand Blast - Brit Company Commander Blog Post


Bad Boys Nabbed following Kandahar IED, Firefight


UK Troops in Helmand Remember the Fallen - USMC Busy in Helmand


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban Claim Responsibility for Killing Kandahar Prison Official


America's Plan to Include Mo' Troops, No MatterWhat? - More

UN: Warlords Not Good for Government - AFG Foreign Ministry:  Who the Hell is the UN to Tell Me How to Assemble My Cabinet?


7 Nov 09


Justin Boyes, R.I.P.:  Private Funeral Today


"This officer's job is a dignified burial for his comrades"


Canadian PRT Boss: "Canadians need to temper their expectations ahead of a planned pullout for 2011" - More on CAN Getting Ready to GTFO AFG - More - CDS on Being Able to Get Next Mission Going: "It's still a year-and-a-half away; we've launched operations on less than that, but I can't assume that" - Still Don't Much About Canada's Post-2011 Mission (Except that The Packing has been Ordered to Begin) - More from Blog and The Torch - The Torch on Who Backfills


"Canada's top police officer in Afghanistan says more needs to be done to bring the Afghan National Police force up to par." - "Canada and its international allies in Afghanistan must do a better job of developing local police officers and curbing corruption if their counter-insurgency strategy is to succeed" - AFG Cop Accused of Killing Brit Mentors Liaised with Taliban in Home Town While on Leave


"NATO criticises UN Afghan evacuation" - UN SecGen:  We're Not Leaving Afghanistan (Only Some of Us)


New US AFG Strategy "Imminent"? - Forecasts of Mo' Troops as Part of Plan?


Osprey Joins the Fight - Other Ways to Keep Troops Off Souithern AFG Roads - Bad Guys Getting Better at Hitting MRAPs - Small Wars Journal's Take on Why Stryker AFV's May Not Be Doing as Well in AFG as in IRQ


UK Identifies Latest Fallen - Reuters blog on UK aid work and protecting Helmand's governor

IED Organizer Nabbed in Zabul Capital


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Alleged in Helmand, Nimroz - "Taliban turns screws on UN in Afghanistan" - Here's the Statement


"Is Iran Supporting the Insurgency in Afghanistan?" - More


6 Nov 09 

Justin Boyes, R.I.P.:   Funeral Tomorrow


Next Commander JTF-Afghanistan Headed Downrange This Weekend - Upcoming ROTO Training in New Brunswick Exercise


More on Segways for Wounded CAN Warriors


"Chief of the Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk has ordered commanders to begin plans for 2011 troop pullout" - More


K'Har Provincial Police Chief, Other AFG Cops Killed in Shootout with Security Guards: - Radio Free Europe - The Telegraph (UK) - Xinhua


"Senior Taliban Facilitator" of Suicide Bombs, IEDs Nabbed in Kandahar Village


Stryker Worries in Kandahar? - Discussion


"Canadian police mentors in Kandahar unshaken after attack on British soldiers" - "What Drove Afghan Policeman to Kill UK Troops?" - "Will the U.N.’s withdrawal cancel out the U.S.’s civilian surge?" -  "UN shows its glass jaw" by Withdrawing Staff"


Mystery Virus Spotted in K'Har FOB? - More on Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever


Brit 3 RIFLES Soldier Killed in Sangin Blast - AUS DefMin Rules Out More Troops for AFG

NATO Says Single Rocket Nailed IED Planters in Helmand.... - ....While Villagers Protest Civilian Casualties


Blog Watch:  The Torch Highlights Estonia's Bit of the Fight - "If they wished to be objective, the (media) would report daily how many civilians were killed by the enemy, purposely, clearly attributing the deeds of the enemy to the enemy, instead of portraying it as they did in Iraq as a failure of American Troops."


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):  Taliban statements allege 14 killed (9 British) in attacks across Helmand - Haiku Summary of Latest Taliban UN-Bashing Op-Ed - Jawa Report Underwhelmed with Newest Taliban YouTube Channel


NATO, Contributor Countries Meet to Discuss AFG; Sec-Gen (Again) Calls for More Help


Bodyguard Fights Off Taliban, Saves +20 Before Being Killed During Kabul Attack on U.N.


Opinion "Let's be honest: What Afghanistan has on its hands isn't an insurgency, it's a civil war."

German Think Tank Study: "The Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan: Role Model For Civil-Military Relations?"


5 Nov 09


First Round of Sacrifice Medals to be Presented Today


CAN Auditor-General:  Buying New Hardware for AFG Could be Faster


Opinion:  "The (Canadian) government needs to reassure veterans that it had their best interests in mind when the (injury/disability) benefits system was revamped, that it wasn't simply a money-saving exercise."


Five Brits (Grenadier Guards and MPs) Killed by AFG Cop in Helmand:  List of the Latest Fallen - Taliban Claim Responsiblity - SAS Reportedly Now After Rogue Cop - Betrayal = New Doubts? - More - "Slayings by 'rogue' Afghan cop underlines dangers to Canadian mentors"


CAN Detainee Handling Fracas:  "Brig.-Gen. Ken Watkins, the military judge advocate general, claimed solicitor-client privilege about whether he'd seen warnings from a diplomat in Kandahar" - Commons Committee Wants to Hear from Former CDS


UN Evacuating Non-Essential Staff from AFG Post-Kabul Attacks - More - more - more - more


Blog Watch:  Micro-Preview of CBC TV's "The Border" in AFG Tonight - More


Presidential Candidate who Stepped Down Now Says Karzai's Appointment "Lacks Legitimacy" - Opinion: "Elections could be the country's undoing. Or, it could be a good start for much-needed reform." - Why The Elections May Not Have Been a Total Disaster


Suspected Bad Guys, Lots of Explosives Seized in Kandahar - Aussie Special Forces Seize Weapons, Ammo, IED Parts and Drugs in Uruzgan raids - More - Four AFG Kids Killed in Uruzgan IED Blast


"Angry Afghan villagers protested on Thursday against what they said was the killing of 11 civilians in an air strike by foreign troops, but local authorities said only fighters were killed."


Bigger IEDs + Troops Thrown Around in MRAPS = More Spinal Injuries in US Casualties

RUS Media on Where Taliban Gets its Money


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):  Attacks Claimed in K'Har, Helmand & Nimroz -   "Colonialism" Big Theme in Latest Statement


4 Nov 09


Steven Marshall, R.I.P.:  He's Home - More - more - more


Special Remembrance Day Event with One of Canada's War Wounded - Wounded Troops to Receive Segways to Help Get Around


Worries About RCMP Coverage if Injured Overseas?


"Canada prepares for violent winter in Afghanistan as Taliban changes tactics" - CAN BG Commander Would Love to See More U.S. Troops in K'Har" - Mission Changing from "eradicating the Taliban to gaining support of population in suppressing insurgency"


Hallmark Canada Offering Free "Canadian Heroes" Cards November 9 to 11 - The Available Cards


Karzai Offers to Bring Taliban Into the Tent (Taliban Say "No, Thanks") - "Karzai Credibility Still in Question Despite Poll Win" - UN Sec-Gen Calls on Karzai to "ensure freedom and democracy for all Afghans" - Obama Gives Karzai Six Months to Clean Up Corruption - Opponent to Cry Fowl Now?


Five Brits (Grenadier Guards, MPs) Shot Dead in Helmand by AFG Cop - ISAF Investigating - MoD Statement - "Afghan police infiltrated by Taliban 'at every level' " - More


Combat Advisors See Afghan Troops in Action in Kandahar


Blog Watch:  More Calls for "All Civvy, No Military" UN Mission (And Why It Won't Work) - What ELSE to Think Of for Next Year's AFG Elections - Watch for "Afghanistan in Caledon" on CBC-TV's "The Border" Thursday Night


IED wounds 2 AUS, 1 ANA soldiers in Uruzgan (PDF) - Europe (Still) Reluctant to Send More Troops - Still, World Socialists are Pissed with Europe


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


3 Nov 09


Steven Marshall, R.I.P.:  "Family says Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan died doing what he loved"


CEFCOM Commander: Winning in Afghanistan "involves a different timeline and different set of criteria than in other wars in which this country had fought"


Blog Watch:  DND Beefing Up LAV II’s Belly Armour


UN SecGen: "I welcome today's decision by Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission to forego a run-off vote and to declare Hamid Karzai as the winner of the 2009 presidential elections." - NATO Sec-Gen Congratulates Karzai - CAN PM Congratulates Karzai - PM's statement - "Karzai vows to wipe out Afghan corruption" - "Karzai Is Vague on Confronting Corruption in Afghanistan" - "Afghan president says all welcome in his gov't" - Counterpoint:  "After a blatantly fraudulent ‘election’ and now mainstream media exposure of the Karzais’ nepotism and corruption, the work of the anti-war movement should in a sense now be easier, if also more urgent than ever."


CAN Officer at US Army/USMC COIN Centre: "Next year, (parliamentary and district) election security will require a full court press by all security stakeholders."


"Defence Minister Peter MacKay has ordered officials to look into allegations that innocent Afghans may have been sent to jail due to botched translations by Canadian military interpreters."


Royal Visit to Canada:  "Prince Charles said Monday that Canadians are serving with the "greatest possible distinction" in Afghanistan and that his heart goes out to the family of the latest soldier killed there."


UK General Takes Command of RC-South - More - Outgoing NLD Commander Says ISAF Regaining Initiative


Bad Boys Detained in IED Lab Raids in K'Har, Helmand


Inquiry into Nov 2008 Death of AUS SF Officer in Uruzgan:  "The risk of a casualty occurring in Afghanistan was increased by the deficiencies in training, assessment, certification and leadership" - More - more - Latest Brit Fallen Killed on LAST DAY of Tour while Defusing IED


ISAF Director of Intelligence:  "The expansion of Islamic extremist groups across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region is “the worst I’ve seen it,” with Afghan insurgents receiving help from Iranian operatives and “very possibly” freelancing Pakistani intelligence agents, as well as a small but growing number of “deadly” foreign fighters."


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Hilary Clinton Says U.S. In Contact with Taliban? - One Version:  USA Offering Taliban Control of Some Provinces in Exchange for Keeping Bases in AFG - Taliban Spokesperson Quoted Admitting to Mediated Talks - More


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):   Taliban Claims Responsibility for 27 Allied Troops Allegedly Killed, Injured in Kandahar - Taliban Point Out Contradiction of Disarming Tribes, then Creating Tribal Militias - Leader Important to Taliban Dead?


Strategy Page on Taliban Helicopter Rumours: "Taliban helicopters are unlikely. Even if they came from Pakistan (where the Pakistani military has helped out that way in the past), avoiding NATO aircraft, and American spy satellites, would be difficult to do every time."


"The Pushtun tribes in southern Afghanistan now produce 90 percent of the worlds heroin, and most of it is produced in the Taliban heartland, particularly Helmand province. While there is a terrorism problem in Afghanistan, it's become mostly a drug problem."


Academic:  "That few Taliban leaders in either branch are likely to betray al Qaeda does not mean that all efforts to peel off or “flip” Taliban members are worthless."


2 Nov 09


Steven Marshall, R.I.P.:  Prime Minister's statement - "Hard to Believe He's Gone" - Arriving Home Tomorrow


Parents Worry as More Troops Head Downrange


Election, Round 2:  Run-off Cancelled, Karzai Declared Winner - More - UN SecGen in AFG for Poll Meetings - Says UN'll Stay in AFG - "With few options, US accepts Karzai"


President's Brother Denies Bankrolling by CIA, Says He Shared IED Int with Canadians


Canadian Press on Translation Woes in AFG:  Translator Says He's Frustrated that More Canadian Pashto-Speakers Aren't Heading to AFG to Help - More - Meanwhile, U.S. "Military 'terps' head to war to win peace -- and visas"


Blog Watch:  The Torch: "The Third Way: Ending the Illusions in Afghanistan," Part 2


CAN-funded Kandahar School Project Sees Grads


"A joint Afghan-International Security Assistance Force operation detained one militant in Kandahar province on Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban district leader and senior commander of a sizable militant element in the area."


More on Haqqani Network, al Qaeda, behind attack on UN guesthouse in Kabul


Brit Logistician Killed in Sangin IED Blast - "Spy chiefs fear Al-Qaeda is intercepting (mail) to (British) troops in Afghanistan in a bid to target their families."


"Russians managed to buy off some tribes, but this did not work with many tribes because the top guy who took the money, often did not spread it around much. So his minions would often keep on causing trouble."


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):   October Summary of CAN Casualties Alleged by Taliban - Alleged IED Attack on Canadian Tank in Panjwai - US Accused of Killing 8 Civilians in Uruzgan Air Strike


1 Nov 09 

Steven Marshall, R.I.P.:  On His Way Home - More - "Remembered as devoted friend with contagious sense of humour" - More - Governor General's statement - Minister of National Defence's statement


Justin Boyes, R.I.P.:   He's Home - More


Election, Round 2:  Karzai's Opponent May Pull Out of Run-off Election - More - more - "Security, not candidates, will determine whether voters in (Arghandab) risk going to the ballot box for next week's disputed presidential run-off vote." - What next:  "Weak gov't" or "Uncertainty, But Also Opportunities"? - "Afghan Vote Boycott Won’t Affect Poll: US "


AFG Int Claims Advance Info on Kabul Attack on U.N. Staff - Allegedly Co-ordinated by Warlord and AQ - Six Held Linked to Incidents - More


"Iranians, Pakistanis play role in growth of Taliban force"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web page):   20+ Brits Alleged Killed in Helmand Attacks - Account of Kabul Attack Admission of Taliban War Crime?


Opinion:  "One factor of special sensitivity and importance that receives almost no attention either in the public debate about Afghanistan or in the internal policy battles of the Obama administration may well be the most important of all: the domination of the Afghan armed forces, police, secret police and intelligence agencies by leaders of the Tajik ethnic minority"



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