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January 2010

Background Information & Research Information 


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"



23 Jan 10

John Wayne Faught, R.I.P.:  Funeral Monday - More

CAN Special Forces Helping Train AFG Commandos


Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  CAN Auditor General: "Some of these very significant training and development projects ... aren’t going to be accomplished in a year or two years, so what is the plan for sustainability for these projects?" - More - Canada-Afghanistan Blog on Asking the Right Questions


"As patience with Afghanistan wanes, Haiti offers a feel-good opportunity"


"Marines Draw Out Taliban in Helmand Province" - 82nd Airborne Div Battalion Commander, Top Senior NCO Relieved in AFG - FaceBook Post by New CO - AUS, AFG Troops Spot 30+ Weapon Caches in Uruzgan Operation - AUS Troops Support AFG Supply Convoy


AFG Bans Fertilizer Used in IEDs


Soldier from 4 RIFLES killed near Sangin - Sangin Update from 3 RIFLES CO - Brit Paras Prepare to Head Downrange (Again) - Aussies Considering Sending in WAY More Reservists


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Taliban again spurn Karzai offer to lay down arms" - "Karzai to pay Taliban to lay down guns" - "The Taliban have spread across Afghanistan and are inflicting sharply higher casualties but they might be persuaded to negotiate, with Pakistani help" - PAK Reaching Out - More - "Bringing the Taliban in from the cold and securing the movement's political participation is fraught with obstacles, including the potential recalcitrance of perceived hardliners such as Mullah Mohammed Omar and the need to balance the desires of various and competing power centers" - ""I am asked by readers or friends abroad what the Taliban want .... The short answer is power."  - "To Gates, Taliban a 'cancer' but part of Afghan 'political fabric' "


Insurgent Mortars Damage Helmand Mosque - More on Taliban Cleaning Up Its Look


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  3 Brit Tanks, ~30 Afghan & ISAF Troops Claimed Killed in Alleged Attacks


"Veteran Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has turned down an offer to become the new U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan"


22 Jan 10

Point:  Wire Service MRAP Story vs. Counterpoint:  The Torch - Canada-Afghanistan Blog -


Biblical Quote References Found on CAN SF Weapon Optics; CF Dealing With It - Discussion


Former CAN TF Commander: "At this point in time, I'd say the enemy effectiveness has been largely arrested and we now have to deal with the greater persistent threat to success, which would be the Afghan government itself"


"Two American soldiers under Canadian command killed in Afghanistan"


"Canadian soldiers killed four Afghan civilians in 2009, military says"


"Auditor general Sheila Fraser says most Canadians appear to be unaware of the development work Canada is doing in Afghanistan."


"Afghan general hopes U.S. forces will stay longer"


US Troops Being Told to Wear Body Armour Less Often to Build Rapport? - Looking at New Rules for Night Searches, Too?


NLD General on Dutch Not Fighting in Uruzgan: "This is Bullshit"


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Gates Says Taliban Must Take Legitimate Afghan Role"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  20 Claimed Killed in Zabul; Attacks Alleged in Helmand, Uruzgan


21 Jan 10

CAN Troops Help Recent AFG Security Force Sweep


"Afghan talks could set timetable for security transfers"


"NATO Plans New Top Job in Kabul"


"Some 10,000 (U.S.) Marines are strategically positioned in the southern province of Helmand preparing for an assault on Marjah"


Radio Netherlands on the Tribes of Southern Afghanistan


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "A former top diplomat for the Taliban said a new government plan to persuade insurgents to lay down their arms in exchange for jobs or money was corrupt and would only hinder efforts to reach a peace deal." - "Afghan President Hamid Karzai will present a plan to donors next week aimed at pulling in lower to mid-level Taliban fighters but he faces skepticism over whether it will be any better than previous efforts." - "Taliban leaders 'offered asylum' under London peace plan"


"Taliban Overhaul Their Image in Bid to Win Allies"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  30+ Casualties Claimed in Alleged Attacks in Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan


"U.S. Envisions a Continuing Civilian Presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan"


20 Jan 10

John Wayne Faught, R.I.P.:  He's Home - More - more


Grand Opening of Afghan Customs Academy (With Manuals Created by CAN Border Guards) - More


Could More MRAPs Provide Better Protection for Canadian Troops?


Zabul Bad Boys Nabbed - Bad Boys Nabbed in Panjwai, Maywand - Big Pot Bust in Helmand

"UN agencies in Kandahar ready to help people during the winter"


"UK attaché says UAE plays crucial role in Afghanistan"


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Gates dismisses Afghan claim that reconciliation will tame Taliban"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claims 3 Canadian Tanks Destroyed in Boldak District - 20+ Brits, Allies Claimed Killed, 2 Oil Tankers Torched in Alleged Attacks


19 Jan 10

John Wayne Faught, R.I.P.:  Back Today - More


UK General Says Taliban Told to Strike Wherever, Whenever they Can


Canadians Appear Safe After Kabul Attack - Had to Hide for a Bit During Attacks - CAN Foreign Minister Pissed at Kabul Attack - NATO Sec Gen Pissed


AFG Cop Shot Dead in Nimroz - Suspected Bad Guys Nabbed in Zabul Compound Search - 1,100 kg Message from ISAF to Taliban Hiding in Helmand Compound - Loads o' Explosive Fertilizer Seized in Helmand


Taliban Using Children, Civilians as Human Shields in Helmand - Child Shot in Head by Taliban in Helmand Dies


Talkin' to the Taliban:  US Def Sec Says Mullah Omar "Unlikely to Reconcile" - More - more - "A .... Taliban representative, also reached by telephone, said the attack was intended to answer American and Afghan proposals to “reconcile” with and “reintegrate” Taliban fighters into mainstream society." (Thanks to Brian for this one)


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Propaganda Watch RC-South: More Brit, Allied Casualties Alleged in Kandahar, Helmand


"NATO ignores Afghanistan ‘heroin bomb’: Russia"


18 Jan 10

John Wayne Faught, R.I.P.:  Arriving Home Tomorrow - More - more - more - more - "Sault soldier put 'men first' " - "Faught no stranger to defending others"


Al Jazeera Arabic Service:  "The residents of the area do not hide their hatred of (Canadian) forces" in Kandahar?


AFG Government Considering Study for New Kandahar-Quetta Rail Line


Latest Two British Fallen Identified


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claims ~15 Canadian Casualties in Attacks Across Kandahar


17 Jan 10 

John Wayne Faught, R.I.P.:  IED Kills 1 PPCLI Soldier on Panjwai Dismounted Patrol (CF Statement) - Commander-in-Chief's Statement - Prime Minister's Statement - Defence Minister's Statement - On His Way Home - Canadian Press - - Condolence Thread - Sault Star - - Taliban Claims Responsibility (PDF at - - National Post - Associated Press - DPA


Afghan forces complete successful sweep supported by Canadian troops


Big Drug, Cash Haul in Panjwai Air Assault - New Comms Co-ordination Centre for AFG Security Forces Opens in Arghandab - NATO Forces Shoot Vehicle that Wouldn't Stop in Helmand


Two 3 RIFLES Soldiers Killed in Sangin, Helmand IED Blast


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claim Canadian Deaths in Kandahar, British Deaths in Helmand


Opinion: " “We’ve done enough” is not an acceptable, or even honourable, revised mission statement at this stage in a just war that has both NATO and UN legitimization."


"Afghan lawmakers reject Cabinet nominees"


16 Jan 10

Canadian TF Commander:  "The number of incidents are very similar but we have been able to provide that perception of stability" in Kandahar City


CAN Officer at US Army/USMC COIN Centre:  "Until we attack the root cause, that of jihadist propaganda .... al-Qaeda will continue to appear more powerful than it is."


Taliban "Facilitator" Nabbed in Kandahar Compound Search - New Counter-IED Robot Ready for Brits in Helmand


"Five Afghan civilians were wounded at the entry control point of Combat Outpost Sher in Garmser district, Helmand Province Wednesday." - More


Two ISAF Troops Killed in South - "Half-ton of Hashish Seized in Arghandab" - "Drugs, Weapons Discovered in Helmand"


"Karzai faces new rejection of Afghan cabinet" - "President Karzai Regrets Decision by the Parliament"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Canadian vehicle allegedly bombed in Kandahar; Taliban response to Helmand riots

Analysis: "Taleban =/= Pashtuns?"


15 Jan 10

CAN Cop's First Glance of AFG


"A soldier's soldier to carry Olympic torch for fallen comrades"


AFG Army Sends Reinforcements to Helmand


Spin Boldak IED Kills Five (Including Four Kids) - Uruzgan Market Suicide Bombing Kills 20 - More - NATO Pissed


"(Helmand) Demo allegedly staged by insurgents leaves at least six dead and many more angry at government and foreign forces"


"Insurgents Fire at ISAF Helicopter" in Helmand - "Weapons Caches Discovered in Helmand" - "Half-ton of Hashish Seized in Arghandab"


"Business development centre opens in Uruzgan" Exclusive:  Head of Human Rights Group Calls Taliban Tactics "Deplorable"


Taliban Says Latest UN Report on Civilian Casualties Made Up (PDF at non-jihadi site)


Think Tank Study (PDF):  "The Quetta Shura Taliban in Southern Afghanistan:  Organization, Operations and Shadow Governance"



14 Jan 10

CAN Soldier Training for Coming AFG ROTO Injured in Live Fire Exercise in U.S.A. - More


CAN Detainee Handling Fracas:  The Torch on Who Should Be Nervous About War Crime Accusations - Roundup of "What Did the Liberals Know?" - More - "NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Canadians should not be concerned about treatment of Afghan detainees because rules and practices are in place to prevent and stop abuse."


More American Troops in South = More American Command


Helmand to be Focus of Next ISAF Push - More - Here's Where the Brits Say They'll Focus - "Taliban Strongest in Southern Afghanistan, Where Most 2009 U.S. Casualties Were Concentrated"


UK Identifies Latest Fallen - AUS Troops Pay Respects to Fallen AFG Troops


Four Bad Guys Killed When Own Bomb Blows up in Kandahar City - More - Explosion in Uruzgan Bazaar Kills 16 Civilians - Maybe as Many as 20? - More - One Theory from Someone on the Ground - ISAF Pissed at Suicide Car Bombing in Musa Qala


More on Helmand Riot over Alleged Koran Burning - More - ISAF Pleased Helmand Governor Can "see through Taliban lies"


More on Who's Causing Most Civvy Casualties in Afghanistan - "When it Comes to Killing Muslims, Taliban Still Top Dog in Afghanistan" - One Human Rights Group Is Only Asking One Side to Do Something


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Analyst Reads the Tea Leaves About What AFG Reconciliation Policy Could Look Like


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages): +16 alleged killed in Kandahar; chopper down, lotsa Brits alleged killed in Helmand - New Taliban Message Track:  Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire - More



13 Jan 10

Garrett William Chidley, R.I.P.:  Laid to Rest


Andrew Nuttall, R.I.P.: Writes


"No winter break in Afghan war" - Former RC South Commander:  "It will get worse ... before it will get better"


Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:   Questions Remain About What Happens Next


Blog Watch:  Why are Jihadi Forums Interested in My Little Old Blog? - "Revisionist Russian Tough Love Letter to NATO Countries re: Afghanistan"


IED Cache Spotted in Helmand - It Ain't Easy Mentoring AFG Cops in Kandahar


Helmand Drone Strike Sign of More to Come?


Helmand Protest over Alleged Koran Incident Leaves Afghans Dead:  Associated Press - Reuters - DPA - ISAF:  Shura Scheduled for Today to Help Sort Things Out - Initial Reports Out of Shura - Taliban Claims Shootings in Revenge for Recent ISAF Casualties


"The Afghan government is crafting a plan to offer jobs, vocational training and other economic incentives to tens of thousands of Taliban foot soldiers willing to switch sides after eight years of war." (Hat tip to All Things Counterterrorism blog)


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  13 US troops claimed dead in Helmand; Brits, foreign troops allegedly dead in Uruzgan, Zabul


12 Jan 10

Michelle Lang, Kirk Taylor, R.I.P.:  Laid to Rest


"Canadian scientist examines war vets' nightmares" - Sleep Research Studies for Military Veterans Page


ISAF Boss:  "Killing the Enemy Is Not The Best Route to Success"


US MRAPS Getting New Suspension for AFG


US Marine Messaging in Nimroz:  "We're Not Here Forever" - US Marine General in Helmand:  Taliban Beaten, Time to Hold, Build


More than a Dozen Bad Guys Nailed in Helmand Missile Strike


Three U.S. Troops Killed in South - Brit EOD Specialist Killed in Musa Qala Explosion - Eight AFG Troops Killed in Uruzgan IED Blast Last Week - Mayor in Nimroz Gunned Down - Uruzgan Homicide Bomber Foiled in Attack on Police Station


Even Letter from Mullah Omar Not 100% Guarantee of Access for Polio Vaccinations - NY Times Columnist Suggests Working with Taliban to Rebuild Schools?


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban say one of their own killed in Kandahar contact, alleging 5 Americans killed


Last Soviet General Out of AFG & RUS NATO Envoy:  "NATO should get down to studying our war in Afghanistan, in which the Soviet Union managed to deter the onslaught of Islamic fundamentalists for a full 10 years."



11 Jan 10

Kirk Taylor, R.I.P.:  Funeral Today


Michelle Lang, R.I.P.:  Funeral Today


Canadian War Wounded Returns to Duty in AFG


Liberals Plan One-Day AFG Veterans' Forum 28 Jan 10


Delays in Getting CAN Tanks Downrange?


CAN Bomb-Detecting Poochies:  One-Man-One-Dog Teams Preferred - Meanwhile, Dogs Best Detectors of Newest Taliban IEDs


Blog Watch:  Former OMLT-eer on Sugar Coating Assessments of AFG Forces


One US Marine, One Afghan and One Brit Journalist Killed, One Photographer Seriously Injured:  UK MoD Statement - BBC - Voice of America


Three U.S. Troops Killed in Southern AFG "Engagement" - Bad Week for Danish Troops - Local Helps ISAF Spot 500 lb IED in Kandahar - Three Aid Workers Killed in Uruzgan IED Incident - Hard Helicopter Land in Helmand, No Sign of Bad Guy Activity


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  A Dozen Canadians Claimed Killed in Alleged IED Attack in Panjwai - More Brit Cas Claimed, Taliban Statement Bashes Latest AFG Cabinet Picks


Poll:  Afghans Becoming More Optimistic About Future?


10 Jan 10

Zachery McCormack, George Miok, R.I.P.:  Laid to Rest


U.S. Marine, UK Reporter Killed in Helmand Blast - More - more - Fallen Reporter's Blog


Blog Watch:  So Much for Canada's Liberal Party Trusting the Troops on the Detainee Issue - Helmand Ops Becoming More Like K'Har Ops


ISAF Boss:  Expect More IEDs This Year - McChrystal 22 Dec 09 PowerPoint Deck (via


Big $ ($1.5 B) to Keep CAN Troops in AFG


CAN Envoy to AFG on New AFG Cabinet List:  "This is an important step for the Afghan democratic process and Canada encourages Afghan parliamentarians to exercise their constitutional responsibility to review and confirm a final cabinet." - Still Some Grumbling About Newest Cabinet Picks


Drug, Weapon Caches Nabbed in Helmand


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  12 NATO Troops "Likely Canadian" Claimed Killed in Alleged IED Blast in Panjwai


9 Jan 10 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  CAN Building New Shacks at Kandahar Airfield As We Prepare to Leave


RC-South Commander: "2010 will see British, US and other NATO troops conduct operations to help the Government of Afghanistan assert its control over the ungoverned spaces of Nad e-Ali district in Helmand province and bring economic development to Kandahar City" - Transcript of Briefing - Meanwhile, US Commander in Helmand Quoted Saying Brits Don't Have Enough Troops?


NATO Sec-Gen Calls on More Muslim Countries to Send Troops to AFG - Swede Offered UN Uber-Envoy Job?


Loads (9000 kg) of fertilizer (for IEDs) seized in Kandahar - Big (+2700 kg) Drug Haul in Maiwand, Afghanistan - AFG Cop Killed in Kandahar IED Attack on Police Van - 11 Afghan Troops, Cops Killed in 2 Uruzgan IED Blasts (Dutch - Google English) - Danish Soldier Killed in Helmand IED Blast (Danish - Google English)


Blog Watch:  A Reminder of Who the Taliban's REAL Enemy Is - Taliban Happy to See Western Journalists Killed, Outta AFG, Too


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  60+ Casualties Claimed in Alleged Attacks in Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul


Karzai Tries Again with Cabinet List - More


8 Jan 10

Garrett William Chidley, Kirk Taylor, Zachery McCormack, George Miok, Michelle Lang, R.I.P.:  Funerals Planned


Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©: "A decision to go to war or to withdraw ought to be the finale, not the beginning, of a detailed analysis of the consequences in either case." - "Afghanistan was never going to be easy. But when Canadian troops leave Kandahar next year, they will know that the terror-friendly Taliban did not return to power on their watch."


Opinion:  Why Don't Canadian Churches Support the Troops?


NATO Sec-Gen, SWE For Min: "Don't discount Europe's commitment to Afghanistan"


AUS, AFG Forces Nab 20+ Weapon Caches Since Start of Month - ISAF Helps Set Up Temporary School Set up in Zhari Taliban Convert Babaji School to IED Factory; ISAF Revives School - "Netherlands pays Afghan warlord millions for protection" in Uruzgan


Talkin' to the Taliban:  Taliban Number Two Tells US, NATO "You Leave, We (Might) Talk

US Envoy to Canada Drops By for Xmas


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Canadians Claimed "Likely" Killed in Alleged Kandahar Blast - More on Taliban Rejecting UN Claim of Insurgents Killing Most Civilians



7 Jan 10 

Canada's PM on Post-2011 Mission:  “We will not be undertaking any kind of activity that requires a significant military force protection, so it will become a strictly civilian mission.” - Transcript of Interview


Former OMLT'eer Blogger Underwhelmed with Michael Yon Blogging on Latest CAN Casualties


Drugs, Weapons Seized in Maywand, Kandahar - Weapons Seized in Kandahar City Raid


Three DNK Troops Wounded in Helmand IED Blast (Google English from Danish) - Pissing Match Between AFG Cops, Soldiers in Uruazan - NLD Senior Civvy PRT Rep on Next-to-last ROTO - Meanwhile, NLD Cabinet Undecided on Future of Uruzgan Mission


Talkin' to the Taliban Afghan Government Opening Door a Crack to Help Reconciliation? - More on AFG Seeking Some Taliban to be Removed from UN Sanctions List


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Statements claim British, American casualties in alleged attacks across Helmand - Taliban Attacks U.N. Report Saying 8/10 Civilian Casualties Caused by Insurgents (PDF at non-terrorist site)


6 Jan 10

Garrett William Chidley, Kirk Taylor, Zachery McCormack, George Miok, Michelle Lang, R.I.P.:  Lang Fiance, Fmaily Statements - Terry Glavin Underwhelmed with American Embed Reporter Covering Fatal Attack -"Repatriation of journalist a welcome, classy decision" - "Honouring journalist with soldiers was right call"


"Foreign affairs officer still in critical condition after IED blast" - More - more


Former Canadian Military Journalist:  Canadian Reporters Not Covering CF Well (Or into the Long Term)


Canadian Bomb-Sniffing Poochie Update:  BIG Money Contract! - "L'armée canadienne souhaite utiliser davantage de chiens renifleurs en Afghanistan"


First US Cas of 2010 Identified:  Three Army - One Air Force - Canadians Mourn


Arab Nations' Int Agent Contribution to AFG Fight


Wall Street Journal Quotes ISAF Boss Saying "Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan"


Fallen Royal Anglian Identified - Brit Sharpshooters Busy - Brit Medics Help AFG Boy with Tetanus - Brit Part-Timer Who Lost Civilian Job Deploying Gets Job Back - More


UN Quarterly Report:  Taliban STILL Killing Most Civilians


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claims Attack on Canadian Vehicles in Spin Boldak Area (No MSM Confirmation) - Fatal Attacks Alleged Against Canadian Forces in Kandahar, Brit Forces in Helmand - "Taleban deputy leader warns of more attacks in Afghanistan in 2010"


Think Tank Report: War at "Crisis Stage" - More


"Success after NATO's Afghanistan exit largely depends on India"


5 Jan 10

Garrett William Chidley, Kirk Taylor, Zachery McCormack, George Miok, Michelle Lang, R.I.P.:  More on Blast that Killed Troops, Reporter - Letter of Condolence from Ehsanullah Ehsan, director of the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre in Kandahar (via Terry Glavin's Chornicles & Dissent blog) - "Tears flow as Edmonton school pays tribute to fallen soldier who was teacher"


CAN Seeks Dog Sniffing Poochies:, 29 Dec 09 - Blog, 30 Dec 09 - Globe & Mail, 4 Jan 10


Just Reading More About the CDS's Christmas Visit with CAN Troops


Think Tank Paper: "Because the United States has focused the overwhelming majority of collection efforts and analytical brainpower on insurgent groups, the intelligence apparatus still finds itself unable to answer fundamental questions about the environment in which U.S. and allied forces operate in and the people they are trying to protect and persuade." - UK Military Paper (PDF):  "Success in battle will demand as much understanding of social psychology, culture and economics as it does military art and science"


Opinion:  Remember, It's Not JUST The Canadians in the Fight


"Karzai to try again with new cabinet line-up"


Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Still waiting for the land and money they are owed under a reconciliation program, former insurgents say they have no choice but to go back to fighting"


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Web Pages Back - Taliban claim responsiblity for fatal IED strike against Americnas in Panjwai


4 Jan 10 

Garrett William Chidley, Kirk Taylor, Zachery McCormack, George Miok, Michelle Lang, R.I.P.:  They're Home:  Canadian Press - More - CanWest - More - more - more - Global TV - - - Sun Media - More - Toronto Star - Local Media


Andrew Nuttall, R.I.P.:  Public Funeral Today


Opinion:  "Pity the walking wounded among our vets"


RCR Battle Group Goes to Ft. Irwin, California to Prepare to Head Downrange


Four American Troops Killed in Zhari IED Blast - Royal Anglian Regiment Soldier Killed in Helmand Blast - Explosives Seized in Helmand, Marijuana in Kanadhar - Brits Push Taliban in Babaji Operation - "British troops are likely to take part in operations led by Afghan commanders as part of the strategy to prepare the country's forces to take over the security of their country." - Aussie soldier wounded in southern Afghanistan blast; another shows hearing problems after 12 Dec IED attack


"Top UN envoy calls for 'demilitarized' international approach in Afghanistan" - More


Talkin' to the Taliban: Analyst on Talkin' to the Taliban (and Whether the Haqqanis'll Ever Come Into the Tent)


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Web Pages Down



3 Jan 10

Garrett William Chidley, Kirk Taylor, Zachery McCormack, George Miok, Michelle Lang, R.I.P.:  Coming Home 2pm Today - Media Advisory - Troops Pack Fallen Reporter's Kit - One Embed's View of His Colleague Heading Home - Statement by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression on the death of Michelle Lang - "B.C. premier pays tribute to journalist, soldiers"


The Torch on More Media Balderdash


More on Canadian Contractors Flying Spy Planes Over Afghanistan (But Not for Long)


Latest Fallen Brit Sapper Identified - AQ Targeting Brit Sniper Team, Family Back in UK - More - "British supply convoys are a big target for the Taliban and have led to fierce battles"


"Afghan parliament rejects 17 of 24 cabinet nominees" - "UN official: Afghan Cabinet dispute a 'setback' "


Talkin' to the Taliban:  UK General Says Taliban Has to Join Security Forces (Eventually)


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):   ~30 Claimed Killed, 5 "Tanks" Destroyed in Alleged Attacks in KHar, Helmand & Uruzgan


2 Jan 10

Garrett William Chidley, Kirk Taylor, Zachery McCormack, George Miok, Michelle Lang, R.I.P.:  Expected Home Sunday - AFG President Calls PM to Express Condolences - The Knock at the Door - Kirk Taylor's Statement to Media in the Event of his Death - Journalist Becomes Story - The Toll Since 2001 - Sources Say 230kg of Explosive Blew Up Vehicle - Sources Say Remote IED Wire Ran Outside Electronic Protective Bubble


Andrew Nuttall, R.I.P.:   Public Funeral Planned - More


Was One of Canada's Wounded One of the Fallen?


The Torch on What Media SHOULD Be Telling You About - Blatchford on How Media Treat Different Sources


Ottawa Citizen:  Canadian Surveillance Planes to be in AFG by Summer (But Not for Long?)


"Canada's Kandahar legacy rests on a shift in strategy, but is there enough time?"


Next AFG Parliamentary Election Coming 22 May 10 - More


6000 Kg Drugs, Chemicals Seized in Helmand - Weapons Seized in Uruzgan - Reward Program Working to Develop Tips on Weapon, Explosives Caches - "U.S. grapples with complex Afghan drug battle"


Looking Into Civvy Deaths in Helmand - Karzai Drops By, Offers Condolences to Families


Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Summary of Taliban's Lies of the Year for 2009 - Multiple ISAF casualties alleged in Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul - Long War Journal's Threat Watch on Taliban's 2009 Year End Statement


1 Jan 10 


Garrett William Chidley, Kirk Taylor, Zachery McCormack, George Miok, Michelle Lang, R.I.P.:  On Their Way Home - More - more - AFG President's Statement - CAN PM's Statement - Minister of National Defence Statement - CAN TF AFG Commander's comments - Families Struggling


"Targeted strike that killed four soldiers and journalist indicates how hard it will be to secure Kandahar city and build trust with Afghans" - "Safety not deteriorating in Afghanistan: Retired major-general"


Brit Counter-IED Sapper Killed in Sangin


SF Troops Building Playgrounds in Kandahar - Taliban Behead "Moderates" in Zabul - Zabul Residents Warn Troops about IEDs



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