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Background Information & Research Information

16 Oct 10

Canada Leaving AFG:  More on Plans to Start Packing Up


"Sixteen soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition have died in the past three days, but the mood among commanders and troops in southeastern Afghanistan continues to be more optimistic than ever before."


COIN Expert:  Canadian Maple Leaf Sign of Vehicle Quality Among Taliban?!?


Guy Lafleur Drops By (A Third Time) - "Canada's biggest musical tribute to soldiers goes on air this week"  contact


Khadr Trial:  "Harper has only days to make choice on Khadr" - "PM remains mum on Khadr" - "Negotiations in the Omar Khadr case involve senior members of the Obama administration, as the White House continues to push for a plea deal and avoid a trial of Guantanamo’s youngest detainee" - More - more


"Zabul Province Blast Kills Several Afghan Villagers"


Talkin' to the Taliban: Asia Times Online: "Pakistan has freed the supreme commander of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, so that he can play a pivotal role in backchannel talks through the Pakistani army with Washington" - "Afghan talks gain pace; U.S. engages: sources" - More - "Taliban talks: “an iffy, high-level treaty” " - Questions Media Should Ask Selves Before Filing More Reintegration/Reconciliation Stories


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Attacks Alleged in Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul


15 Oct 10

Canada Leaving AFG:  Planning for Packing Under Way


Matthew Dawe, 1980-2007, R.I.P. "Kingston ‘can-do’ soldier lives on in new CFB residence"


Khadr Trial:   Plea Bargain Reportedly in Works Where Khadr Spends Most of Sentence in Canadian Jail - BBC - New York Times - Postmedia News - Canadian Press - Toronto Star - - AFP - Miami Herald - "No deal to bring Khadr home: PMO"


Official UN Security Council Resolution Extending ISAF Mandate (PDF)


AFG NGO Safety Org: "The sum of (Taliban) activity presents the image of a movement anticipating authority and one which has already obtained a complex momentum that Nato will be incapable of reversing" - More - ANSO Quarterly Report Q3 2010 (PDF)


Washington Post: "The United States and its NATO allies, worried about how the Afghan government's ban on private security companies might affect their operations, have asked President Hamid Karzai to sign a letter allowing such companies to continue protecting the foreign aid community"


AUS to NLD:  We'd Be Happy to Use Your Apaches if You're Leaving....


Bad Boy "Suicide Attack Facilitator" Nabbed in Kandahar


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Pakistan ready to facilitate Afghan-Taliban talks" - Head of AFG High Peace Council Says Taliban "haven't completely refused talks" - NATO Sec-Gen: "The reconciliation proces in Afgh is lead by the Afgh government. If asked NATO will provide practical support" - More - "ISAF allowed Taliban official to Kabul: Petraeus" - "US called 'partner' in Afghan talks with Taliban" - More - more - "U.S. Uses Attacks to Nudge Taliban Toward a Deal" - "U.S. says Taliban's leader Omar (wouldn't) qualify for role in Afghan future"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Taliban Claims +40 ISAF, AFG Casualties across Kandahar, Disses U.N. (Again) for Mandating ISAF Mission (Again)


14 Oct 10

Canada to GTFO UAE Base:  Canada Eying Pakistan as Alternative Route? - PAK Considering It?


Opinion: "The Conservative government needs to get into a habit of providing good and timely information, and it needs to give Canadians a sense of what an honourable conclusion might look like."


UN Security Council Unanimously Endorses ISAF Mission for Another Year - Text of Resolution


"NATO Senior Civilian Representative Provides Script for Transition in Afghanistan" - More - Maybe Time for a Better Pashto/Dari Word for "Transition"?


Account of One 82nd Airborne Final Patrol in Arghandab


"No prosecution of Dutch soldiers after friendly fire incident in 2008 in which two soldiers died"


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "A former Afghan president who heads a new peace council said Thursday that he's convinced the Taliban are ready to negotiate peace." - "More Taliban could be removed from UN blacklist: US" - "Gitmo not linked to Afghan reconciliation" - "Nato facilitating Taliban contacts with Afghanistan government"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Taliban (Yet Again) Denies Any Talks, Direct or Indirect, with AFG Regime


13 Oct 10

Wounded Warrior Continues to Recover in London


Canada to GTFO UAE Base:  CF Flights Resume (But Still Have to be Gone by 2 Nov) - More - more - UAE Move Seen as "Blackmail" - "UAE official says Canadian response is ‘fear tactics’ " - "UAE rift exposes division in Harper caucus"


"Chilling and unsettling, but mixed with respect and tribute. That's the only way to describe a new book by Ontario author Kathy Stinson called Highway of Heroes."


Blog Watch:  "Military leadership believes that very few foreign fighters are in the country, which means that the Taliban is mainly a domestic insurgency that is only vaguely guided by the leadership in Pakistan" - Analyst/Blogger: "Don't Rescue Me"


"Australian army chief resists pressure to drop charges against soldiers over 5 Afghan deaths" - AUS Chief of the Army Statement (also available here via - AFG NGO Safety Report (PDF):  Expect Fewer Attacks in South (Thanks to Winter Coming) - Red Cross:  More Wounded in K'Har=More Trouble - Uruzgan Bad Boy Nabbed in Kandahar - Fertilizer, Wires Seized in K'Har Border Area - Taliban Claim Responsibility for Assassinating Uruzgan Official


Talkin' to the Taliban:  PAK PM: AFG Peace Talks Will Fail w/o PAK at the Table - "Afghan peace council members want gesture from US"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Dozens of ISAF, AFG Troops Alleged Killed, Woiunded in Kandahar, Uruzgan


12 Oct 10

More on Upgraded CAN Leopard 2's Headed Downrange


More on Canada Losing Use of UAE Support Base - More - CAN-UAE Relations to Suffer? - More - UAE Statement:  Original in Arabic - Google Translation


Opinion:  "Afghans’ unbreakable spirit: How three little girls gave one reporter an unforgettable life lesson" - "Cpl. Lewis is angry about a WikiLeaks report, based on ambiguous U.S. documents, that alleged the casualties of Sept. 3, 2006, were caused by friendly fire. "I was there," he told us. "I know these people died from the enemy." We can’t imagine a more credible source."


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Karzai Confirms They've Been Talking for a While - More - more - PAK Taking Part in Kabul Peace Talks, Too


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Attacks Alleged in Kandahar, Uruzgan & Zabul


"Pakistan Customs has launched a probe into disappearance of 500 oil tankers and containers carrying supplies for Nato troops in Afghanistan."


10 Oct 10

Manufacturer:  First Batch of Upgraded Canadian Leopard Tanks Headed to AFG - New Grenade Launcher, Too? - CASW Announcement (via


Canadians Start Packing Up UAE Support Base


"Assignment Kandahar: Afghanistan’s fiery, fragile future"


Quebec Women's Group Removes Line Offensive to Moms of the Fallen from TV Spot - More - more - Womens' Group Statement (French) - Google English translation


AFG President Visits Kandahar - Karzai's Bro':  Taliban "Defeated and Broken" - "Caught in the Crosshairs: Was He a Farmer or Taliban?" - "The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the death of Mullah Abdul Nafi, a Taliban leader and improvised explosive device facilitator responsible for planning and coordinating attacks throughout the Shah Wali Kot District of Kandahar province"


AUS Special Forces TF Soldier Wounded by IED in Kandahar


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Attacks Claimed in Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul


"Pakistan reopens Torkham border route for NATO supplies to Afghanistan" - More - more


8 Oct 10

Canadian troops "tout progress in Afghanistan, say morale 'has never been higher' "


"The Canadian military is considering taking part in a controversial program to help Afghan villagers defend themselves against the Taliban amid reports that a growing number of locals are standing up to insurgents in the incendiary Panjwaii district .... "


"UAE threatens to kick Canada out of Camp Mirage" - History, Analysis of Airline Efforts to Expand Canadian Service


"Statement by Ambassador John McNee at the the UN Security Council open debate on the UN Secretary General’s September 2010 report on the situation in Afghanistan"


Quebec Women's Group Attacks Mothers of Fallen in TV Ad - Commercial Takes Flak - Commercial (YouTube) - Fédération des femmes du Québec contact page - Discussion


Opinion:  "The reality is that most of those individuals and organizations insisting that NATO’s role in Afghanistan is an imperial enterprise are unconcerned with what Afghans want."


NATO Sec-Gen:  We Started Training AFG Forces WAY Too Late - "Afghan researchers have warned that Dutch plans to undertake a police-training mission in Afghanistan could end in disaster"


Taliban "Assassination Cell Leader, Weapons Facilitator" Nabbed in Kandahar City


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Could a deal with the Taliban end the war in Afghanistan?" - Peace Council Kicks Off - Key Players Mullah Omar Behind (Alleged) Talks??? - Taliban "Very Serious" About Stopping Fight??? - More - more - more - "Talk about Talks Again"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Taliban issues statement on anniversary of U.S. invasion of AFG

7 Oct 10

"Canadian military may pull forces from base in UAE" - More


Blog Watch:  "Continuing the good fight abroad, at home, even a little bit? Hah! Rather cutters and runners when the going gets tough and the kitchen gets hot."


"Women’s rights were once the poster issue for Western intervention in Afghanistan"


Detainee Fracas: "No evidence of Afghan abuse, general insists"


Cookbook Sales to Help Wounded Warriors - Operation Cooking For Soldier On


"The British general who has commanded NATO troops in southeastern Afghanistan for nearly a year is offering an upbeat assessment of the military situation"


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Peace Council Launched - "Afghanistan denies secret negotiations with Taliban" - More - Brit General on Talks:  "There needs to be a dialogue. On the other hand, one needs to recognize that sometimes some people are irreconcilable, and that means you have to apply different tactics." - "Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban aren't likely to advance until the United States and NATO forces gain an advantage on the battlefield, several experts on the region say."


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  More Attacks, Assassinations Claimed in Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul as Taliban Ramps Up Violence


ISAF on Strike into PAK:  “This tragic event could have been avoided with better coalition force coordination with the Pakistan military.” - More - more - more


NATO on PAK Route Convoy Sabotage:  "We have plenty of stocks and supplies within Afghanistan, just in case things like this happen. Secondly over the last couple of years we managed to diversify supply routes"


6 Oct 10

CAN Officer Guilty of Shooting Wounded Insurgent Demoted, Released from Army (with No Jail Time):  CF Statement - Canadian Press - Reuters - AFP - BBC - Globe & Mail - Toronto Star - Ottawa Citizen - Toronto Sun/QMI - - - "Semrau’s sentence criticized for ‘ambiguous’ message" - More - "Semrau gets raw deal"


"Canada’s withdrawal will harm Afghan war effort: U.S. commander" - Said Almost Exactly the Same Thing in May to Same Reporter (Google Cache) - "Bellon says the United States will have to stretch its forces further to make up for Canada's more than 1,000 combat soldiers"


Detainee Fracas:  "The military man who used to be in charge of Canada's overseas operations says responsibility for the fate of Afghan prisoners rested largely with task force commanders in Kandahar." - Former CEFCOM Commander:  First-hand reports of abuse =/= FACTUAL reports - More


Lane Watkins, 1987-2007, R.I.P.:  "The Manitoba government is naming five lakes after soldiers from the province who were killed in Afghanistan. But one of their mothers says the move comes too late to make up for the fact she’s waited more than three years to see her son honoured."


Nichola Goddard, 1980-2006, R.I.P.:  "The Canadian military has investigated just five reports of sexual assault in Afghanistan since 2004, with only one investigation leading to a guilty verdict — a number that contrasts sharply with the picture painted in a new book about a female soldier."


Nine Killed (Mostly Kids) in Multiple Kandahar City Bombings - More - President Reportedly Condemns Attacks - ISAF Condemns Taliban Assasination Campaign


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Washington Post Says Talks Underway Between Taliban, AFG Gov't


"Dispute Reveals Weakness In Afghan Supply Route" - "Supply route may decide outcome of Afghan war"


5 Oct 10

Canadian Families of Fallen Call for PM to Extend AFG Mission - More - more


Editorial:  "Afghanistan has been a graveyard of hopes before. Still, this is shaping up to be a pivotal moment. The Prime Minister should tell us how the government sees things playing out and what it is prepared to contribute going forward." - "Afghan women doomed if NATO leaves" Sniper Lesson (8)


Canadian Detainee Fracas:  "Roughly 21 per cent of Afghan prisoners interviewed by Canadian diplomats over a nine-month period reported some form of abuse by Afghan authorities, say new figures released Monday." - "The man who stopped and then restarted detainee transfers in Afghanistan says there was no pattern of abuse in the country's prison system."


Nichola Goddard, 1980-2006, R.I.P.:  Fallen Soldier Wrote Home About Sexual Assaults at Camps


Semrau Trial:  Sentencing Today - More - more


Blog Watch: "Malalai Joya’s Message Is Anti-Peace"


"Three explosions just minutes apart rocked Kandahar .... killing up to four Afghan police officers in the nation's largest city in the south." - More


Talkin' to the Taliban: "Q&A-Karzai's peace council: will it work?"


"US struggling to counter Taliban propaganda"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Attacks Alleged in Kandahar, Zabul


4 Oct 10

"First of Canada’s new Hercules aircraft to land in Afghanistan before year’s end"


"Ahmed Wali Karzai has a letter to prove that he is not a drug trafficker with a private army who runs Kandahar in the manner of a Mafia don."


AUS PM:  Military Not Asking for Mo' Troops, Equipment - PM Speech Text


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Attacks claimed in Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul; Int'view w/alleged K'Har Taliban Cdr


"Afghanistan opium crop blight sends drug prices soaring" - More


More Strikes on Convoys in PAK - More - more - more - PAK Official: "No timeframe for reopening Afghan supply route" - PAK Taliban Claim to Set Up New Group to Carry Out These Attacks - NATO S-G On Hot Pursuit Attacks on PAK:  "Obviously, it was unintended. Obviously, we have to make sure we improve coordination between our militaries and our Pakistani partners." - More


3 Oct 10

CF Confirms August Chinook Downing from Enemy Action - More - Initial ISAF Statement - Taliban Verison ( - Taliban Anti-Air OSINT Page


1 October Military News Highlights


Opinion:  "Canada shafts soldiers: Wounded vets forced to fight bureaucracy for financial support"


Blog Watch:  Afghans Will be the Losers When NATO Leaves - "The Canadian military command in Afghanistan has certainly learned some lessons from the former controversy surrounding the capturing and holding of detainees." - "What if the Hazaras win in Uruzgan?"

"Sunnybrook surgeon treats trauma on two battlefields"


"Coalition Force Finds Large Cache of IED-making Material" - "An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban senior leader and improvised explosive device expert Saturday who was active throughout the city of Kandahar as well as Panjwa'i and Dand Districts." - Afghan forces kill 5 militants, detain 2 in Uruzgan

AUS PM Drops By - More - more


Taliban Propaganda Watch (Links Only to Non-Terrorist Sites):  Taliban Claims Killing "Ebony skinned" U.S. General in Kandahar


"Afghan MOI Starts Disarmament of Private Security Firms" - "Karzai Prepares Afghan Forces for Foreign Withdrawal"


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