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Updated ~12:30UTC and ~01:30UTC

Background Information & Research Information

 


12 Aug 10

New Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) Air Wing Boss Takes Over

 

"The execution of children, and problems at shuras"

 

"Kandahar ops to last through fall" - Meanwhile, Calls Continue to Stop the Kandahar Push Now Underway

 

Khadr Trial:  Jusy Selected, Good to Go - More - more - more - Trial Set to Begin - "Khadr's lawyers to ask 2 Canadian officials to testify at war-crimes trial" - "Omar Khadr jurors ‘owe it to our legal system to do it right’"

 

"Ex-spies ponder N. Korean missile sale to Taliban" - Helicopter Accident in Helmand:  Taliban's Version (Scribd.com) vs. MSM Version - Taliban SAM OSINT Page - UK Sends Two More Jets to Kandahar

 

Al Jazeera Blogger:  Afghans Put Up with Civilian Casualties as Cost of Driving Foreign Troops Out? - "Despite the fact that more civilian harm is caused by insurgents, Afghans tend to blame insurgents and international forces equally, and in many cases they hold international forces to be more responsible for the harm caused to them." - More on Taliban Denying UN Civilian Casualty Report - More - "Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding the recent civilian casualties report by UNAMA" (Scribd.com)

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Talilban statement:  "With the Dutch troops’ pullout, Canada has reopened talks of quick Afghanistan withdrawal ahead of the schedule as its nation strongly opposes the Afghan war and prefers a road to peace." (links to Scribd.com) -  Taliban claims attacks in Uruzgan, Zabul & Helmand; statements on Time mag cover, UNAMA CIVCAS report - PAK newspaper cutting/pasting from Taliban's web site:  Chinook attack claims - Claims of attack in Logar Province

 

Taliban Claims NATO Supply Routes Through PAK Cut Because of Flooding


 

11 Aug 10

TF Afghanistan Commander Settling into Job

 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission in AFG:  Planning Documents Show CF Pulling Out - Meanwhile, More Message Teasing from Defence Minister - More

 

Khadr Trial:  Jury Selection Resumes - More - "The military judge in Omar Khadr's case Tuesday said that jurors can consider his age in deciding whether he intended to commit a war crime" - UN Envoy:  Stop Khadr Trial

 

"Afghan farmers buying into anti-poppy campaign, top U.S. official says"

 

"Afghan civilian death toll jumps 31 per cent due to insurgent attacks – UN" - More - "Amnesty International Says Taliban Should be Prosecuted for War Crimes in Afghanistan" - More - "ISAF Continues Efforts to Reduce Civilian Casualties"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Taliban claim responsibilty for RPG shoot-down of helicopter in Helmand, alleging 30 killed

 

 

10 Aug 10

Weasel Wording = Dooming Afghan Interpreters - Army.ca Discussion Thread

 

Potsmedia News Embed: Hotel California, a.k.a. the Karzai Compound - Kandahar: This city needs a ringing success

 

Blog Watch:  “Don’t tar Afghan mission with Yankee brush”

 

Michelle Mendes, 1978-2009, R.I.P.: File Closed on Death

 

Khadr Trial:  "Canadian Terror Suspect Enters Not Guilty Plea At Guantanamo Pre-trial Hearing" - "Khadr 'torture' confession upheld" - More - more - more - more - "Unanimity not required to convict Khadr" - More

 

More on Canada's New Senior Civilian Rep in Kandahar - Tim Martin Bio

 

"Wounded warriors find support, camaraderie in Soldier On"

 

U.N.: "Tactics of the Taliban and other Anti-Government Elements (AGEs) are behind a 31 per cent increase in conflict-related Afghan civilian casualties in the first six months of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009" - UN Mid-year Report (PDF) - "Insurgents, or what the report calls "anti-government elements," were responsible for 76 per cent of those casualties, an increase of 53 per cent over the same period in 2009." - More - more - more

 

PAK High Commissioner to Canada on Helping the Taliban:  "The only time we supported the Taliban was when they were the government of the country because it is the policy of Pakistan to support any government of Afghanistan."

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Taliban claims attacks on ISAF, ANA and ANP in Kandahar, Helmand and Zabul 


 

9 Aug 10

Canada Appoints New RoCK

 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission in AFG:  "The planned pullout of Canadian troops from Afghanistan, set to begin July 1, 2011, is too soon to ensure the wartorn country's stability, says the father of a fallen Alberta soldier."

 

MLNEWS.ca: Who’s (Still) Killing the Majority of Civilians in AFG? - More on Latest Civvy Cas Figures, Taliban's + 2'/3 Share of Responsibility - More

 

Khadr Trial:  Trial Set to Go This Week - More - more - more - "Wife of slain medic to attend Canadian terror suspect’s trial" - "Khadr urged not to boycott military trial"

 

"(Zabul) tribal elders complain Taliban breaking its own rules against abuse" - Taliban Fires Mortars at Zabul Residents Seeking Medical Treatment

 

"No one’s heard from the Taliban leader in almost nine years. Now his absence is exposing dangerous fault lines within the insurgency."

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  30+ ISAF, ANA, ANP casualties claimed by Taliban across RC-S, RC-SW


 

8 Aug 10

CF Confirms Small Arms Fire Hit Fallen Chinook - More - more

 

"Blast near Canadian base in Kandahar kills 1, injures 11 workers" - More

 

"It's not just heavily armed insurgents and improvised explosive devices that Canadian troops are battling here - it's also the Taliban propaganda machine in a fight to win the trust of local Afghans."

 

AFG Human Rights Commission:  Almost 7/10 Civilian Casualties Caused by Taliban - Two Civilians Killed and Five Wounded in Helmand Insurgent Attack - Insurgent IED Kills Child, Wounds Another in Kandahar

 

"Afghan-Led Force Detains Several Suspected Taliban Insurgents in Kandahar" - Afghan-Led Force Capture Taliban District Commander for Garm Ser, Helmand - "Fourteen Insurgents Killed and Large Weapons Cache Found in Helmand Province" - "Afghan, Coalition Forces Ambushed in Uruzgan, Unknown Number of Insurgents Killed" - "Afghan and Coalition Forces Conduct Medical Seminar in Zabul Province, Afghanistan" - "Two Suspected Taliban Insurgents Detained in Kandahar Friday"

 

Two DNK Troops Killed, 3 Wounded in Helmand Blast

 

"Afghan security forces will be more than capable of safeguarding the country, the government said on Sunday, repeating in some of its strongest criticism yet that troublesome Western private security units should be disbanded."

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Taliban claims 60+ ISAF, AFG cas in RC-SW - Taliban Disses Time Magazine Cover - More

Blog Watch:  Cowboy Vigilante Flick Allegory for AFG?


 

7 Aug 10

"Bomb squad or fraud squad? Phoney IEDs planted for cash in Afghanistan"

 

"Debate over detainees reaches into controversial facility at Kandahar" - "Holding facility 'respectful' of Afghan detainees"

 

"Slow but crucial work on Dahla Dam"

 

Khadr Trial:  "US Supreme Court won't block Canadian's Guantanamo trial" - "Prosecutors dismiss photos of Khadr as proof of innocence" - "Omar Khadr deserves credit for 'illegal punishment' if convicted, lawyer says"

 

"Canadian-made canine body armour to protect U.S. navy dogs"

 

ISAF Senior Civilian Rep: "Kandahar Will Be Big Political Test for NATO"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Taliban claims 45+ killed in RC-S, 35+ in RC-SW

 

6 Aug 10

5 Aug 10 Canadian Chinook Crash:  Updated ISAF Statement - Canadian Press - CTV.ca - QMI (formerly Sun Media) - CBC.ca - Postmedia News (formerly CanWest) - Fredericton Daily Gleaner - UPI - Army.ca News/Discussion Thread - Open Source Material as of 060215UTC Aug 10 Collected at Scribd.com

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Taliban claims responsibility for killing 30 troops in 5 Aug 10 Kandahar helicopter crash, 40+ killed across RC-SW

 

"Canada's top soldier in Afghanistan says he's going to make a point of informing people about the atrocities being committed by the Taliban in that country" - ISAF Boss Doing the Same (and Asks AFG Gov't to Follow)

 

Remember The Call for a Company to Train Canadian Troops in Exploiting Sensitive Sites?  Tenders Closed Yesterday, and CF Wants Course to Start 16 Aug 10

 

Column:  Motivation for Latest KAF Attack Could Have Been Issuing Another Statement Some AFGs May Believe?

 

Canadian logistics convoys "must be ready for anything"

 

More Details of Ipsos-Reid Polling Showing Surveyed Canadians Support Troops, but Want Them Back

 

CAN Detainee Fracas:  "Seven current and former military police officers say they are being denied "the right to a fair hearing" by the Military Police Complaints Commission in its examination of Afghan detainee handling"

 

Sarposa prison: "A conspicuous target on the outskirts of Kandahar City" - "Assignment Kandahar: Holding the city" - Analyst:  Kandahar =/= Baghdad

 

Latest US State Dept Report: "Al-Qa’ida (AQ) and the Taliban senior leadership maintained an operational relationship, but AQ’s direct influence in Afghanistan has diminished over the past year due to effective counterterrorism operations."

 

5 Aug 10

CF Chinook Makes Hard Landing in Kandahar (ISAF Statement) - Canadian Press Initial Story

 

CF CC-177 Globemasters Getting MRAP Vehicles Downrange

 

Ipsos Survey Says:  Growing Number of Canadians Responding to Survey Want CAN Outta AFG - (A Bit Of) Ipsos News Release on Polling

 

Wanted:  Amputees to Make Training For AFG More Realistic

 

Warpoet.ca:  after (3)

 

Who's KAF Attack Version to Believe?  ISAF:  Nobody Killed, One Civilian Wounded vs Taliban:  170+ Killed, Choppers Destroyed (Scribd.com) - "ISAF Discusses Insurgent Propaganda Messaging"

 

On Wikileaks:  Self-proclaimed "IslamicJihadi" Thanks Wikileaks for Compiling Hit List for Taliban Assassinations

 

UK Parliamentary Briefing Document: "British troops in Afghanistan could still be moved to Kandahar province "in the longer term" "

 

Blog Watch:  "What soldiers fighting the Taliban can learn from cops policing American inner cities"

 

"GENERAL PETRAEUS ISSUES UPDATED TACTICAL DIRECTIVE: Emphasizes “Disciplined Use of Force” " - More - "New Taliban Code of Conduct … Not Matching Reality on the Ground"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Taliban: Netherlands leaving makes it easier for others to go - Taliban Q&A with alleged commander of assault on Kandahar Airfield, Nimroz political candidate reportedly nabbed


 

4 Aug 10

"Iris scans, fingerprints and facial recognition software _ the battle against the Taliban has gone decidedly high tech in the traditionally low-tech nation of Afghanistan." - More

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Taliban page says NLD leaving could make it easier for Canada, others to leave, too (via Scribd.com) - Taliban claim +160 dead, downing of one U.S. chopper, in attack on K'Har Airfield

 

Khadr Trial:  "The U.S. military is moving ahead with the first trial under the Obama administration's new military commissions, despite U.S. officials' concerns about starting with a Guantanamo-detainee case beset by troubles."

 

"New" Taliban Rule Book? - More - Last One Issued Last Year - Another PDF Translation (Courtesy of PBS)

 

"Several Suspected Insurgents Detained by Afghan-Led Force in Kandahar" - U.S. Takes Command of ISAF Troops in Uruzgan

 

3 Aug 10

Embedded With 9 Pl, C Coy, 1 RCR

 

"Four suicide bombers launched a failed ground attack on Kandahar AirField Tuesday, an event that the British commander of this sprawling military base dismissed as "amateurish" and without apparent planning or logic" - More - more - more

 

Afghans Getting Into Canada:  "Afghan interpreters worry about future" - "Threatened with death by the Taliban for identifying drug dealers, a young Afghan successfully made it into Canada with with the help of an escort and a fake passport, without being questioned by Canadian authorities." - Meanwhile, Dominican Contractor Working for Canadians Has to Wait in Line to Enter Canada to Join Wife

 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission in AFG: Senator Colin Kenny:  "Pumping more Canadian lives and money into face-saving exit strategies is a waste -- it's time to get out of Afghanistan" - "Parliament will need to re-engage on this issue in the fall, and before then all parties need to show a willingness to listen to sensible ideas that reflect the best within us." - Opinion:  "Two Cheers for Bob Rae" - More

 

CAN Detainee Fracas:  "Canada’s spy agency has ordered a “comprehensive review” of its dealings with detainees in Afghanistan amid questions about its role in conducting interrogations."

 

Khadr Trial:  "Military defence lawyer asks US Supreme Court to halt trial for Guantanamo's youngest detainee" - More - Meanwhile, Khadr's Canadian Lawyer Not Talking to Some Media - More - more

 

"(Kandahar)  blast kills 6 children on their way to school" - Canada's TF Commander:  "This was a sheer act of murder of kids in a family area across from a mosque so a pretty sick thing to do as you can imagine." - "Several IEDs Destroyed, Several Insurgents Killed in Clearing Operation in Kandahar" - Uruzgan Bad Boy Killed - "Afghan and Coalition Force Detain Suspected Insurgent in Zabul"

 

New ISAF Boss, New Counterinsurgency Guidance Issued

 

Talkin' to the Taliban: "Early creation of peace council stressed" - Original Post-Jirga Statement on Council - Not Everyone Keen on The Council, Talkin' to the Taliban - UN Takes Five Off Taliban Sanctions List (Two of Them Are Dead) - UN Security Council Statement

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites): Taliban alleges 17 defections from ANA in Helmand

 

US Chair of Joint Chiefs: Taliban, AQ moved to PAK


 

2 Aug 10

"Canada could soon be getting congratulatory messages from the Taliban for the Harper government’s decision to bring our troops home from Afghanistan next year." - "The Taliban have provided Canada with a foretaste of the rapturous welcome that it can expect from insurgents when its troops quit Kandahar next summer, congratulating the Dutch government for its decision to have the last of its combat troops out of neighbouring Uruzgan"

 

Canada's Dahla Dam and Irrigation System Signature Project Toronto Star:  Rife with Internal Security Issues - Free Range International blog:  "This is what you get when government officials focus on bureaucratic procedure at the expense of mission accomplishment." - Los Angeles Times:  "Perilous security hasn't stopped the Canadian effort in southern Afghanistan, 'the kind of thing that can really make a difference' "

 

"Dutch become 1st NATO member to leave Afghanistan" - More - more

 

Wikileaks Canadian Angles:  CAN to Ask USA About Mistaken Friendly Fire Report

Kandahar Suicide Bomber Kills More Civilians - More - more - more

 

Blog Post:  "Calling for “schools, not soldiers” is no more realistic or helpful than arguing for a permanent troop presence as the sure way to end the oppression of Afghan women and girls. Aid won’t keep the Taliban from closing schools, poisoning schoolgirls, or assassinating teachers, aid workers, women politicians and journalists."

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Taliban claim responsibliity for missiles on Tarin Kowt airfield as NLD troops leave - Summary:  Taliban's Lies o' the Month for July


 

1 Aug 10

"Amid backdrop of uncertainty, crucial battle begins in southern Afghanistan" - "U.S.-led coalition finds 'success' elusive in Kandahar" - "Six Afghan civilians have died after their minibus struck a roadside bomb in the southern province of Kandahar" - More

 

NLD Troops Leaving Uruzgan - More - more - more - more - Opinion:  "With all due respect to the Dutch soldiers who have fought hard in Uruzgan, perhaps someone should tell the politicians in The Hague that a good guiding principle in wartime is do nothing that causes your enemy to offer their public congratulations."

 

The Time Magazine Cover Photo "It's the "progressive" bloggers who are the problem here. They're the ones deploying the euphemism of "poor treatment" to describe the physical deformation of women by the Taliban." - "One Picture Is Worth 90,000 "Secret Documents" Published By WikiLeaks" - "But To Some People, We’re The Bad Guys In Afghanistan" - More - Time Magazine's Managing Editor on Why the Cover Shot - MILNEWS.ca's Take

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "To fight insurgents, US turns to targeted killings; Shift could force Taliban leaders to negotiate"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Summary:  Taliban's Lies o' the Month for July - Taliban Claims 50 Killed in Helmand, Nimroz Attacks, +40 Killed in K'Har, Uruzgan and Zabul


 

31 Jul 10

"A nationwide campaign of terror against Afghan civilians this summer will backfire on the Taliban according to a senior Canadian military official"

 

"Anti-IED gear saves Canadian, Afghan lives"

 

Study: CF Snipers “coping as well or better than regular soldiers”

 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission in AFG:  "Canada can expect Taliban 'thanks' at end of Afghan mission" (like NLD) - More on Canadian Training for AFG Mission Winding Down

 

Wikileaks Canadian Angles:  Christie Blatchford: "Assertions, insults and innuendos: These soldiers deserve better" - "Taliban hunt Wikileaks outed Afghan informers" (h/t to Joshua Foust for spotting/sharing this)

 

"AWOL Afghans get Canadian status after fleeing Texas" - More - more

 

Blog Watch:  More on Taliban's Boss Telling Troops to Kill Civvies - Why A Graphic Cover Photo Was Necessary

 

"Taliban Allegedly Threatens Tribal Elders In Southern Afghanistan" - More

 

YouTube Video Animating Number of IED Attacks Over Time

 

30 Jul 10

Brian Collier, R.I.P.:    "Hundreds of flag-waving mourners lined the streets of (Bradford, Ontario) to remember the latest Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan"

 

CF Seeking Company to Help Improve Collecting Int at Sensitive Sites - More on Tender Call, Statement of Work

 

"A motorcycle bomb targeting a candidate in Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary election killed a woman and a child Friday in the city of Kandahar" - "Poor security, lack of government challenge Kandahar operation" - "Taliban stymie NATO push to bolster government"

 

Wikileaks Canadian Angles:  "AfPak WikiLeak: Biased, er, exposure?" - Opinion: "U.S. documents on Afghanistan help fill 'blanks' drawn by Harper government" - "How Wikileaks Will Get Afghans Killed" - Eyewitness: "You can read them almost like interoffice memos .... And we all know interoffice memos don't necessarily tell us what happens a the office." - "For the U.S. and allied soldiers, diplomats and aid workers who have worked alongside Afghans, they matter. They are our peers. For Mr. Assange and others, they're little more than local color. Certainly not lives worth protecting."

 

"Taliban (spokesperson) ‘greet’ Dutch on Afghan pullout" from Uruzgan - More - "ISAF Joins President Karzai, Condemns (Nimroz) Roadside Bomb Attack"

 

"Three U.S. service members were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly 9-year-war."

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  AFG Media Commentary:  "Only Talks With the Taliban Can end an Unwinnable War"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links only to non-terrorist sites):  Taliban “Critique” of Petraeus’ New Approach

 

"Karzai Says U.S., NATO Must Strike Taliban Havens" - "Vice President Joe Biden (acknowledges) that some people in Pakistan’s intelligence community had supported the Taliban, but he said that situation is changing"

 


Archives 

CAN in Kandahar April 2010

CAN in Kandahar March 2010

CAN in Kandahar February 2010

CAN in Kandahar January 2010

 

CAN in Kandahar December 2009

CAN in Kandahar November 2009

CAN in Kandahar October 2009

CAN in Kandahar September 2009

CAN in Kandahar August 2009

CAN in Kandahar July 2009

CAN in Kandahar July 2007


 

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