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CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)

2 Feb10

CAN TF Commander Plans "Rings" of Security Around Kandahar City

Former TF Commander:  They Haven't Died in Vain

CAN Custom Agents Helping Train AFG Border Guards


Canadian Officer Charged with Murder to be Tried in Quebec, Not Kandahar


CAN Detainee Handling Fracas:  "The commander of Canadian Forces Base Gagetown has been named to a military board of inquiry tasked with examining an incident involving an Afghan detainee."


Sun Media Cherry Picks Incidents on Decompression Stop in Cyprus


Bashing "60 Minutes" Weekend Piece on SF in Afghanistan:  Former CF OMLT'eer BruceR - Registan's Joshua Foust - Free Range International's babatim


Big Explosive Fertilizer Find in Kandahar - "Very Close Friend" of AFG Pres Killed in Kandahar


AUS DefMin Making "last-ditch attempt this week to persuade his Dutch counterpart that the Netherlands should not pull all its troops out of Afghanistan" - New Military, Civilian Bosses for NLD's Task Force Uruzgan (Google English from Dutch) - NLD Civil Leader of Task Force Uruzgan Prepares to Rotate Out


Taliban’s Collateral Damage Compensation Policy Revealed - Taliban Using Pigeons, Smoke Signals for Comms


Talkin' to the Taliban:  BruceR on Why Would They Bother to Talk Now? - Opinion: "Unseasonably communicative military commanders may weaken the Afghan insurgents' incentives to make peace." - "Whatever cards Karzai holds, and no matter who would have the winning hand at a table with the Taliban, this just isn't a game that Afghan's women's rights leaders are interested in playing." - "Well-placed Taliban and diplomatic sources": “On the basis of past experiences, such initiatives never succeeded”


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Canadian Tank Allegedly Destroyed with Six Killed


1 Feb10

CAN TF Commander: "An influx of foreign fighters into southern Afghanistan to fight alongside the Taliban is backfiring on the insurgents by alienating the region's biggest ethnic group"


CAN Envoy to AFG:  New Security Levels to be Decided After CAN Troops Leave?


"Hope dim, but labourers still gather daily in Kandahar for crack at meagre wage"


US Soldier Killed in Southern AFG Blast


"The (UK) shadow defence secretary, suggested German money should subsidise British forces in Afghanistan, as he called for reform of the 60-year-old Nato military alliance."


Talkin' to the Taliban:  On Talking to the Taliban, Handshakes and Deniability - "Revamped negotiating style with Taliban insurgents (may) undermine the international community's political and military missions"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Protest in Helmand Over Intercept of Vehicles with Coffins; ISAF, AFG Casualties Claimed in Alleged Attacks in Kandahar, Helmand


31 Jan 10 

Associated Press: "Bolstered by the U.S. troop surge, the commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan said Saturday he believes the allied coalition can cripple the Taliban in the country's volatile south by summer but not before hard fighting."


Racist Poster on PowerPoint Command Presentation = Bn Commander, CSM Dumped


"Marines pressing Afghan army to take larger security role"



Bad Boy Nabbed in Shah Wali Kot - More


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Canadian Ambassador:  Careful You Don't Shut Anyone Out in Talking to Taliban - Karzai Wants Talliban to Drop "You Leave, We Talk" Condition for Talks - More on Taliban Saying Talk of Dubai Talks "Rumours" - Another Taliban Spokesperson Says Nobody Talked to West - "Like previous failed attempts to negotiate, it remains unclear who from the Taliban is at the table, and whether they have their leader's blessing" - TUR Foreign Minister Quoted Saying "A peace deal between Afghanistan’s government and parts of the Taliban will not end the worldwide threat from al-Qaeda" - Meanwhile, Those Who've Crossed Over Not All Getting Fair Shake



Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban's Version of Lashkar Gah Arracks; 21 ISAF Troops, 14 AFG Troops Alleged Killed in Attacks in Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul


"Malaysia hopes the Organisation of The Islamic Confer­ence (OIC) can play a greater role in ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan."


30 Jan 10 

"U.S. adds more troops to Canada-led Afghan battle group"


CAN Chief of Land Staff:  "Olympics, Haiti won't affect Afghan deployment"


"Afghan security forces reacted quickly today to contain an insurgent attack on the Afghan National Army's Sharwali Barracks on the western edge of Lashkar Gah" - More - more - more


"Donors will provide around $2.6 billion to finance development in Afghanistan through a World Bank-administered reconstruction fund over the next three financial years"


Blog Watch:  Macleans Bloggers Credit Jack Layton for Suggesting Talking to the Taliban Here and Here - Brian Platt: "What Layton was blatantly and openly calling for was the removal of international soldiers by way of cutting a deal with senior Taliban members" - Terry Glavin: "Layton's NDP had broken with every serious political party in the western hemisphere by adopting as its core Afghanistan policy: Support Our Troops, Bring 'em home." - Adrian MacNair: "“Kudos” to Jack Layton? Why not commend the Taliban for their hard work during these past nine years as well?" - All I Can Add is a Graphic


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Taliban calls word of Dubai talks with UN envoy "baseless and unfounded propaganda" (Statement at non-terrorist site) - More - more - more - more - Meanwhile, Saudis Allegedly Mediating - AQ "would face pressure from Afghan deal-making" - PAK Int Officer:  Mullah Omar Aching to Dump AQ


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  26 Afghan tps alleged killed in Lashkar Gah violence, 5 civvy cas claimed in Helmand


29 Jan 10

"Brigadier-General Daniel Ménard, the country's top commander in Afghanistan, is poised to launch a new offensive ahead of this spring's fighting season"


1 Jan 10,  CF Looking Into Mental Readiness for Deployment Screening - 28 Jan 10, National Post:  "Soldiers heading to gruelling assignments may have to meet mental checklist" - Small Wars Journal Discussion


CF "needs to monitor post-combat suicides, panel told"


"Afghanistan looking to burnish image of boys in blue by going after crooked cops"


The London Conference:  Official List o' Big Outcomes - Official Communique - Big Takeaways Were Talking to the Taliban to Reconcile, Reintegrate (More) as Part of the Big Exit Plan - NATO SecGen:  We'll Stay Until AFG is Secure - Karzai Already Inviting Taliban to Big Meeting After UN Uber-Envoy Reportedly Met with Taliban Bosses in Dubai - What Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (More) Are Willing to Do to Help - US Already Looking at Who Might be Let Into the Tent - UK Def Secretary: "It will have to be done" even at a time of "continuing losses" - Taliban Response:  "I cannot say a word regarding these peace talks. The Taliban leadership will soon decide whether to take part."


Canada Putting Money into Counter-Narcotics Work, but Holding Back to Decide on Contributing to Taliban Reintegration/Reconciliation (More) - CAN Foreign Minister's Speaking Notes


CAN Detainee Handling Fracas:  "Military wants answers about why key torture report was hidden"


Big Taliban Attack on Lashkar Gah Barracks, Gov't Buildings - More - more - more - more - List of Lnks to Taliban's Version of Events (In Arabic)


Ratting on the Taliban a Hard Sell in Zhari


US Soldier Killed by IED Strike in South


Weapon Cache Nabbed in Panjwai Compound Search - Remember ISAF Troops Discovering Burned Korans in Helmand Last Week?  Here's Who May Have Done It


Blog Watch:  Adrian MacNair Shares About Fertilizer Woes, and Amnesty International Joining the Taliban Human Rights Pile On Too Late


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Brit, Dutch, US, Aussie & Afghans claimed killed in atks across RC-S


UN Development Official: Are PRT's Doing Too Much instead of Gov't in Afghanistan?


28 Jan 10

US NATO Envoy to CAN, NLD: Please don’t go


Next ROTO in U.S. Preparing to Head Downrange


Former CAN TF Cdr: "Canada is on its way to achieving its goals in Afghan -istan and will be able to leave in 2011 with its head held high"


Canada Will Only Support Reintegration Plan ""if the fighters disarmed and renounced violence and terrorism"  (More below under "Talkin' to the Taliban") - "Bribing insurgent commanders to switch sides is just one step toward making a deal in Afghanistan"


"(Canada's) shrinking influence becomes evident as other nations commit more ideas, funds and troops" - "We must not waste the sacrifices made by our soldiers -- there is much we can do to help Afghanistan post-2011"


Liberals Suggest "a special envoy to lead Canadian efforts to work on governance, on a reconciliation process and a post-2011 future in Afghanistan" - Is One Necessary? - No, I Mean Really? - I Don't Think So


CAN Detainee Handling Fracas: "Afghan whistleblower to have legal fees paid: Foreign Affairs" - More - "Afghan detainees hearings to resume in March"


Some Farmers Pissed at Fertilizer Ban - More on Which Fertilizer Goes Boom


"NATO struggling to fulfill commitments for more troops in Afghanistan"


Blog Watch:  LOADS More Information on Arghandab, Bosses Being Relieved of Command (h/t to Mark at the Torch for drawing the eye) - More - CAN Officer at US Army/USMC COIN Centre Blog:  Finding Root Cause of Insurgency Confusing - Former CAN TF Commander Says It's Not Easy Communicating COIN Success - "The Taliban Don't Want Our Money .... They want to own Afghanistan and they will continue to kill as many of the locals as they deem necessary in order to get what they want."


Taliban on London Conference (Link to Voice of Jihad English; PDF at non-terrorist site here):  "There was vast media propaganda campaign prior to the holding of the said conferences accompanied by extravagant outlays and expenditure but they were not fruitful as to the issue of the Afghans."


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Taliban talks and Groundhog Day" - More on Security Council Removing Five From AQ/Taliban Blacklist - List of Those Removed - Taliban Say Those Taken Off List Not Taliban Anymore - Taliban Calls Reintegration Plans "Trick" - Amnesty International and Women Worry About Rights if Taliban Comes Into the Tent - It's About Time Groups Picked on the Right Culprits - What One Brit Official Says "Reconciliation" and "Reintegration" Means - UN Uber-Envoy Says "'Unsavoury characters' need to be involved" - BIG Money Needed


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Alleges 9 Canadians Killed in Zhari - More on Taliban Denying Online Fundraising


Grenade Attack on Trailers Carrying Vehicles Bound for Kandahar in Karachi


27 Jan 10


UK Ambassador New NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan


Blog Watch: on Taliban Denying Any Internet-Based Fundraising - on "What to Look for at the London Conference"


Talkin' to the Taliban:  UN's AQ/Taliban Sanctions Committee Says Some Taliban Now Off List - What the List Looks Like Now - RUS Says They Won't Block List Changes -  Still Big Stumbling Blocks to Talks - More - "Afghanistan's neighbours back move to talk peace with Taleban" - More - Organization of Islamic Conference Statement


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  AFG Cop Surrender Alleged in Helmand, Attacks Claimed in Zabul, Nimroz


26 Jan 10

Canadian Officer Charged with Murder Wants Court Martial in Kandahar or Petawawa - More - more - What to Wear?


Former OMLT'eer on What's Wrong with Canadian Program to Fast Track Immigration of Afghan Fixers


CAN Detainee Handling Fracas:  Ottawa Not Covering Legal Bills of Former Diplomat - More - more


CAN DefMin: "Military can carry workload in Afghanistan, Haiti and Vancouver (Olympics)"


"Canadian-trained police seen as key to Afghan recovery" - Meanwhile, AFG Creating New Rules to Keep Private Security Contractors from Poaching Trained AFG Cops - "EU police mission in Afghanistan still understaffed"


"Statement on the Postponing of Afghan Parliamentary Elections by H.E. William Crosbie, Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan"


Opinion: "It is time partisanship be suspended so the decisions can be made to give Canada's efforts in Afghanistan the best chance of enduring success beyond the troops' return."


More on US Battalion Commander, Senior Bn NCO Being Relieved of Command


"Kandahar not burning but Afghans fear more troops will bring more blood " - In Spite of Permission Letters from Taliban, Polio Vaccinations Still Hard Sell in Kandahar, Helmand


IED Cell Leader, Insurgents Nabbed in Helmand Compound Search


UK 3 RIFLES Soldier Killed in Sangin IED Attack - Four Afghan Cops Shot Dead in Lashkar Gah


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Taliban 'buy out' fund to cost hundreds of millions" - More on Proposed Truce


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  4 ISAF Tanks "likely to be Canadian" claimed destroyed in 4 alleged blasts in K'Har


NATO SecGen: "NATO and ISAF is not an occupation force. We will stay as long as it takes to finish our job, but our ultimate goal is to hand over responsibility to the Afghan people."


"NATO Envisions Many More Years in Afghanistan" - "Afghanistan will take longer than Iraq: Petraeus"


25 Jan 10

"Special immigration program for Afghans working for Canada still not running" -  Why Isn't This Happening Faster?


Murder Trial of Canadian Officer Charged with Killing Wounded Taliban Begins Today: - Canadian Press -


Canada OK with Postponing AFG Parliamentary Vote - More - more

Northern AFG Warlord Wants Canadian Government to Spend Their Money in His Backyard, Not Kandahar


Rockets Strike KAF, Injures Bulgarian Troops During DefMin Visit:  NY Times - - The Sofia Echo - Focus Information Agency


Blog Watch: on Being Careful About Who You Bribe


IED Planter in Sangin Killed


"UK troops may spend five more years in Helmand"


Talkin' to the Taliban:  UN Uber-Envoy Calls for Some Taliban to be Removed from UN Sanction List - Maybe He Believes This Guy? - "Talks With Taliban Loom Over Pakistani-Afghan Summit" - "McChrystal focuses on peace with Taliban: report" - More


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  "Top-level US officer" claimed killed in Helmand Shura IED Attack


24 Jan 10

"U.S. and Canadian forces are rushing to train a police force capable of blunting a Taliban comeback in Kandahar" - "Afghan army must almost double in size"


6 Jan 10:  Canadian Gov't Announces Work by Canadian Heart Specialist - 23 Jan 10:  Canadian Media Catch Up - More


Two American Troops Killed in Southern Afghanistan IED Blast - Latest Brit 4 RIFLES Fallen Identified


UK Director of Special Forces Calls for 1,000 More Operators for the Fight - Lotsa Poochies Downrange (Not Enough Dog Food?)


IED Planter Killed in Sangin - Arms Cache Found in Arghandab - Explosives Cache Destroyed in Garmsir - Bad Boys Nabbed in Kandahar, Helmand & Zabul; Bad Guys Mortar Helmand Mosque - "New police post opens in Uruzgan"


"Afghanistan on Sunday postponed parliamentary elections until September due to a lack of funding from donor nations after widespread fraud in last year's presidential poll."


Taliban Kill Civilians with Helmand Market IED


Overview of Taliban's Shadow Government


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Afghan president Hamid Karzai urges West to buy off the Taliban" - "Talks with Taliban underpin Afghan strategy"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Religious Area Allegedly Raided by US Forces; ISAF, AFG Cas Claimed in Helmand, Zabul - "How Different is the Taliban, Really, from What it Hates?"


"Events in Khost point to a serious, evolving and increasingly interconnected Al Qaida/Taliban intelligence network"


"Talibs blow up fuel tanker in Pakistan" 


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