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CAN in Kandahar News Archive (Apr-Dec 2006)


6 Feb10

Families of Some of Canada's Fallen Visit AFG to Remember, Mourn

 

James Hayward Arnal, 1983-2008, R.I.P.:  Bomb-sniffing Poochie Fallen Soldier's Legacy

 

Big Push in Helmand:  How Canadian Chinooks are Doing Their Part - Alleged Taliban Commander in Helmand Says He's Good to Go - "Afghans in Marjah have a drug trade to defend" - "Thousands of civilians flee Afghan region as Nato plans onslaught"

 

IRN Media:  Taliban Claim New Undetectable IED Now in Action - VOJ Pashto Statement (PDF at scribd.com) - Reporter Michael Yon:  Binary Compound Detonation?

 

U.S. Troops Hoping to Court Mullah Omar’s Father-in-law in Arghandab? - More - more

 

AFG Police Accused of Killing Seven Boys Collecting Firewood at Night in Spin Boldak - More

 

"The U.S. is waging war against both the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban and al Qaida warriors. Are they all the same?"

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  Talk of the Shape of a Road Map for Negotiations, Mediation? - "(Taliban) pragmatists do not expect to renounce jihad but to redefine it. They will not surrender but they hope that the Taliban movement might be rehabilitated as a moral Islamic force inside the Afghan political system."

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claims 5 Cdns, 1 Bomb Dog Killed in Alleged Zhari Blast - Brits, Americans Claimed Killed in Helmand

 

5 Feb10

Big Push in Helmand:  NATO Copying Canadians? - Taliban Selling it Up Too - UK MoD Statement - More - Twitter Feed on OP Moshtarak

 

CF Seeking Publication Ban on Some Parts of Officer's Murder Trial - Court Martial Back At It Next Week

 

Opinion: "2010 may be the last hurrah for (Canada's) military in the field, before another drought sets in."

 

PAK Tribesmen Killed in Spin Boldak Dispute Returned to PAK

 

NATO SecGen: "Afghanistan "to stand on its own feet" from 2010"

 

McChrystal:  "The situation is serious, but I think we have made significant progress in setting the conditions in 2009" - Registan.net:  Not So Fast - More

 

Three Killed as Motorcycle Bombs Lashkar Gah Dog Fight - More - more - ISAF Pissed

 

Another Aussie Injured in 30 Jan 10 IED Blast in Uruzgan - Brit Cook Keeps Helmand Troops Going on Spam When Supplies Interrupted

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  AFG Tribal Affairs Minister: "The Afghan government backs a U.S. military scheme to plough aid money toward tribes who organise against the Taliban, but wants more of the cash routed through Kabul"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  London Conference Reax; 24 Allies Claimed Killed in Alleged Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul Attacks - Reuters on Taliban's London Conference Statement

 

4 Feb10

CAN Chief of Def Staff: "Protecting reputation during withdrawal from Afghan mission will be a top priority"

 

Ronald Kevin Megeney, R.I.P.:  "A report on the improper use of weapons by Canadian Forces reservists has been delayed by several months due to the length of transcripts from a court martial into the fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan."

 

CAN Gov't Not Asking for Khadr Boy Back

 

Mandatory "Hockey in Kandahar" Story

 

Big Push in Helmand:  From Hint to Announcement - More - more - more

 

Hoping for Help from Someone Nasty in Arghandab?

 

Unnamed NATO Int Officer:  "The potential exists for thousands more insurgents in Afghanistan because they already have training bases and there is no shortage of would-be fighters, weapons or money"

 

"For some kids in Kandahar city, labour is the only life they know" - "Girls in Kandahar city brave threat of violence to learn job skills"

 

"Afghan ambassador upbraids Liberals' Ignatieff: we're no crooks"

 

Aid agencies in southern Afghanistan urged not to pay Taliban protection money

 

UK RAF counter-IED team prepare for first Afghan deployment - More

 

CAN Detainee Handling Fracas:  "Liberals blame government, not soldiers, in detainee dispute"

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Afghan's Karzai cancels talks with Saudi leaders to talk about talkin' to Taliban" - Asia Times:  Taliban'll Talk if Surge Halted? - US Reportedly Pressing Karzai to Call for BIG Concessions from Taliban Before Talking - It's Not About Bribing Taliban, It's About a "Political Process" - NATO SecGen:  Reintegration =/= Bribe the Tribes - "We musk ask how any deal will keep the faith with brave Afghan men and women who have put their wish for better country on the line by supporting our troops, the democratic process and new security forces."

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  15 Troops, 2 Poochies, 1 Translator Claimed Killed in Alleged Helmand, Zabul Attacks

 

 

3 Feb10

CAN Needs to Decide on Pulling Vandoos Out of HTI to Prep for AFG

 

CAN Troops Support AFG Police OP Tazi Kandahar

 

CAN Cutting NGO Demining Money?

 

CAN Detainee Handling Fracas:  Conservatives Accuse Liberals of Questioning the Actions of CAN Troops in Latest MP Flyer

 

More on CAN Troops Helping Train AFG Security Forces on IEDs

 

Pentagon: "About 18,000 of the 30,000 additional U.S. troops authorized by President Barack Obama for Afghanistan to arrive by late spring, laying the ground for a major push to reverse Taliban gains."

 

NATO SecGen: Need more military trainers; London plan good, but implementation by AFG, int'l community needed - Meanwhile, PAK Says It Can Help Train AFG Troops

 

US Chief of Joint Chiefs on Taliban: "A growing influence in most of Afghanistan's provinces (but) It's better than it's ever been and we're just a few months into it"

 

Blog Watch:  "What we most certainly DON’T need, is a further creep of political power into the hands of the military who, we must remember, only come with a limited toolbox and set of resources to respond to different kinds of problems"

 

Three AFG Troops Killed, Two AFG, One AUS Troops Wounded in Uruzgan Blasts - Radio Nad-e-Ali On The Air (Thanks to Brit Military Help)

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  SAU Says They'll Mediate IF Taliban Clearly Breaks Away from AQ - AUS ForMin: "There is a qualitative difference between a hardcore Al Qaeda associated terrorist and someone who sees no alternative road for themselves and their family due to current circumstances in Afghanistan."

 

More on How Connected (Or Not) AQ is to the Taliban

 

Profile of Taliban Propaganda Tactics

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  TPW RC-South: Taliban Claim Ten Dutch Tps Killed in Alleged Attacks in Uruzgan, Zabul

 

US Reportedly Exploring AFG Resupply Route Through China

 

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, MILNEWS.ca:  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:  MILNEWS.ca on Taliban Denying Any Internet-Based Fundraising - Registan.net 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 - MILNEWS.ca:  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" - MILNEWS.ca:  Why Isn't This Happening Faster?

 

Murder Trial of Canadian Officer Charged with Killing Wounded Taliban Begins Today:  CTV.ca - Canadian Press - CBC.ca

 

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 - Novinite.com - The Sofia Echo - Focus Information Agency

 

Blog Watch:  Registan.net 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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