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CANinKandaharMar2010

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News

March 2010

 


31 Mar 10

"Canadian Forces completed Monday their biggest-ever operation led by the Afghan army" - Canadian Press Embed: "It was more like chasing ghosts"

Blog Watch:  How's the Taliban Rate Canadian Troops?

 

US Sec of State Would Love Canada to Stay and Fight Longer - More - UK Foreign Minister, Too - How Many Ways to Say No? Globe & Mail - CBC.ca - Azerbaijan media - Bloomberg - The Examiner - The Message Dance - PM in House of Commons: "We have been very clear that Canada's military mission in Afghanistan will end in 2011, but we will continue with a mission on governance, on development and on humanitarian assistance." - Conservative Senator:  "It’s wrong for us to only have a civilian presence, because who’s going to provide security for them" - More - Editorial: "We have an ongoing stake in Afghanistan's future - and accepting a low-risk training role after 2011 would help us assert as much" - "Finish the Afghan mission"

 

Wounded Canadian Warrior Helping in Haiti - Transcript

 

Canadian Officer Murder Court Martial:  "Afghan who launched murder probe against Canadian captain 'erratic,' court martial hears" - Statements from Drugged AFG Troops?

 

Pentagon Spox: "Kandahar 'Shaping' Operations Under Way" - "Kandahar Offensive to Focus on Good Governance" - "Displacement fears ahead of Kandahar operation" - "U.S. efforts to sideline Afghan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother met resistance on Tuesday from (Kandahar) officials who warned of chaos in the Taliban's birthplace if he is pushed out."

 

Bomb Blast Kills Helmand Villagers Getting Seeds from ISAF Troops

 

"US ex-general apologizes for Dutch gay comments"

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Afghan president wraps up talks with (Hizb-i-Islami) insurgents"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  "Does America Want Peace in Afghanistan?" - Taliban Ask Why President Obama's Visit was So Short (Scribd.com)

 

G8 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Afghanistan

 

"Russia: U.S. Aiding Afghan Drug Trade" - "Russia wants better NATO anti-drug war"

 

 

30 Mar 10

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday the U.S. would like Canada to remain in Afghanistan past 2011 and suggested the military could switch to a training role." - More - more - more - more - more - more - CAN Foreigm Minister:  We're Outta There in 2011 - More

 

Tell HER Tuition for Kids of the Fallen Glorify War! - More - "Odious protest makes orphans the pawns"

 

CAN Foreign Minister Announces AFG-PAK Border Project - News Release - Backgrounder - More - Minister's Talking Points

 

"Taliban ejected from Kandahar villages ahead of latest NATO sweep" - "Afghan offensive in Kandahar due in June, officials say" - More - Long Push Expected? - "Nato commanders to put Afghan troops in front line for new southern push" - "Kandahar Ops Reflect Complexity, Subtlety"

 

"The United Nations-supported mine action centre in Afghanistan destroyed nearly 112,000 different types of explosives in the first two months of this year"

 

AUS Army Chinooks Start Summer Ops - AUS Soldier, AFG Interpreter Wounded in Mirabad IED Attack  - "Three IEDS disarmed by MTF-1 protecting Mirabad villagers"

 

Weapons, Bad Guys Nabbed in Kandahar City, Zabul Raids - U.S. Special Forces Help Move Uruzgan Patients

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Warlord and Taliban muddy the mix"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claims Attacks in Kandahar, Helmand and Chopper Shoot-down in Zabul

 

"European Nato governments should emphasise the suffering of women under Taliban rule to counter domestic calls for troop withdrawal a leaked CIA analysis suggests."

 

 

29 Mar 10

"Tim Hortons staff eligible for Afghan war medals"

 

National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman Pierre Daigle will conduct a follow-up review of a 2008 investigation into military mental health services that found that too many soldiers with operational stress injuries (OSI) were slipping through cracks in the system.”

 

"Nato commanders to put Afghan troops in front line for new southern push"

 

President Obama Drops ByMoremore - Official Remarks

 

Chopper Crash in Zabul; “no indications that it was caused by insurgent action”

 

Latest UK 3 RIFLES Cas Identified - UK MPs:  "MoD planning for surge in casualties 'falls short' "

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (links to non-terrorist sites):  More Casualties Alleged in Marjah, Helmand

 

Opinion:  “How serious is the Peace Jirga?”

 

28 Mar 10

Darren James Fitzpatrick, R.I.P.:  Remembered at Public Funeral in Edmonton - More

 

CAN + NLD Leaving = Brits Moving to Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul? - Former UK CDS's Take on Move

 

CAN Rep in Kandahar: “What we need to do is to connect the government to the population, and that requires working development projects to address some of the economic and social issues”

 

"Afghans in Kandahar don't trust Americans, other foreign military forces"

 

"ANSF-ISAF Target Taliban Compound in Kajaki" - Bad Boys Nabbed in Helmand Raids

 

Latest UK Household Cav Fallen Identified - UK 3 RIFLES Soldier Killed in Sangin Blast - More

 

"Prince Charles' frustration over Afghanistan trip revealed in leaked Whitehall memo"

 

DNK Chief of Defence Staff Faces IED Close Call in Helmand (Original in Danish - Google English)

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  +60 ISAF, AFG troops alleged killed in attacks in Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul - Latest Statement Haiku:  Karzai, the puppet,/talks jirga, lets U.S.A./be colonial

 

27 Mar 10

Next ROTO Gets Petawawa Send Off - More

 

CAN Troops Overseeing Rebuilding of Panjwaii Irrigation Ditches

 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  CAN Foreign Minister:  "In 2011, we're out" - Terry Glavin:  "We are simply instructed that Canada's role in Afghanistan will be reduced by accident of Parliamentary paralysis to "diplomatic relations," and our embassy will "monitor development." "  - Hansard Transcript of Igantieff-Cannon Exchange on Mission - The Torch:  This is all we get?

 

"Kandahar Becomes Battlefield Before a U.S. Offensive" - "Taliban Securing Kandahar Neighborhoods Ahead of US Invasion; Insurgents Urge Public to Arm Themselves as Offensive Looms"

 

"Son of former Canucks netminder Gamble killed in Afghanistan" - More - more - US DoD Statement

 

Robert Semrau Murder Court Martial:   AFG Medic Reportedly Gave First Word of Incident - More - more - more OMLT Boss Testifies He Told Semrau to "Mentor the ANA in providing first aid" - Former OMLT-eer Gives Bigger Picture Perspective

 

Detainee Fracas:  CBC.ca and Toronto Star Seeking Research Help from Readers? - Or Do They Want Readers to Do Their Homework for Them? - Released Documents Not Consistently Redacted? - "Feds say newly revealed allegations of detainee abuse are unfounded" - "Panjwaii execution claim groundless: Natynczyk" - "The opposition is threatening work-to-rule action after saying new documents that outline previously unknown allegations of Afghan detainee abuse won’t significantly aid a parliamentary probe into the Conservative government and top military officials."

UK Household Cavalry Soldier Killed in Sangin Grenade Attack

 

Another Mullah Omar Sidekick Nabbed in Karachi - More - more

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban claims IED attack on "sub-governor" of Khanshin's vehicle

 

26 Mar 10

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  More on US (Maybe) Asking CAN to Keep Training Troops in Kabul - CAN Foreign Minister:  No Troops Past 2011 - More - "Afghan withdrawal date puts Lawrence Cannon in hot seat" - Opinion: "Canada should look favourably at any NATO request to keep some soldiers in Afghanistan, in a training capacity, beyond the 2011 end to the mission in Kandahar"

 

Wounded Calgary Reservist Continues to Recover - Transcript of Army News Story

 

"MP wants apology from school over hero scholarships issue" - Saskatoon MP Expresses Displeasure in House of Commons - More - Opinion: "Sixteen cranky pacifists"

 

Robert Semrau Murder Court Martial:  Court Martial Told Medical Training among AFG Troops "non-existent"

 

Detainee Fracas:  "Canadian interrogated Afghan-captured detainee" - Government Hands Over Paperwork (Hansard Transcript of Handover) and Opposition Still Complaining - More - MILNEWS.ca Guesses How Commons Committee Chooses to Spend its Time (Correctly)

 

American Wire Service Discovers ISAF Boss to Shut Down Some KAF Concessions (Five Months After Reuters Does) - Tim Horton's Is Safe, Though - ISAF Command Sgt-Major's Blog Entry on the Issue - Milnet.ca Discussion

 

"Commander of Task Force Helmand - 'we're winning but it's not over yet' "

 

Prince Charles Drops By - More - Helmand Imams Visit Brit Muslims on Fact-Finding Mission - AUS Troops (Including Spec Forces) Reportedly Headed to Kandahar to Fight - More - more - AUS Soldier Wounded in Uruzgan IED Incident - AUS Spec Forces Nab Uruzgan Bomb Builders - Uruzgan Elders Ask NLD to Stay Longer (Original in Dutch - GoogEng Translation)

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  30+ ISAF troops claimed killed in attacks in Helmand and Zabul

25 Mar 10

 

"Kandahar 'real test' for NATO forces; 'We want to leave with our heads held high' "

 

Some University of Regina Professors Attack Program Offering Free Tuition to Dependents of the Fallen - More - Milnet.ca Discussion

 

 

 

American Troop Levels in AFG "to Eclipse Iraq by Midyear" - "Curbing Taliban opium trade risks loss of support"

 

NLD Keeping F-16's in AFG Longer (GoogEnglish) - Original in Dutch - UK EOD Officer Honoured for Deactivating +90 Bombs

 

Blog Watch:  "Operation Omaid in Kandahar" - "Afghan Perceptions of Operation Moshtarak" - "From Tal Afar to Marja: Applying Counterinsurgency to Local Conditions" (.pdf)

 

Opinion:  "Trying to defeat the Taliban is futile"

 

Taliban 2i/c Nabbed:  "Mullah Abdul Qayum Zakir and Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur have been named by Omar to replace Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar"

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Taliban-linked group to meet with UN" - "U.S. Plays Down Hopes For Afghan Reconciliation" - "Afghan Ceremony to Re-integrate Repentant Brothers"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claims 30+ NATO, AFG Troops Killed in Attacks in K'Har, Helmand

 

"NATO Rejects Russian Call For Afghan Poppy Spraying" - More

 

"War Bonds in the Second World War: A Model for a New Iraq/Afghanistan War Bond?"

 

 

24 Mar 10

Darren James Fitzpatrick, R.I.P.:  Public Funeral in Edmonton Saturday

 

CAN Mum on Reporting of War Wounded - Meanwhile, AUS Army Continues to Announce (At Least Some) Wounded - "By 2012 (Paralympic) Games, it's estimated that one in every seven U.S. athletes will be a disabled warrior"

 

CAN Troops Fighting Floods in Southern AFG - Stanley Cup, NHL Alumni Drop By - More

 

Semrau Murder Trial Set to Begin Today

 

"NATO Focuses on Training Police Force in Afghanistan" - "Afghan police now must be literate to serve"

 

"Marjah, Afghanistan: Guns quiet, the battle for power now begins" - Taliban Seize Helmand Town - More

 

Latest UK Fallen Identified - "Royal Welsh uncover large stashes of Taliban IEDs" - Arms Nabbed in Helmand, Zabul - Uruzgan, Too - "3 RIFLES patrol Kajaki's lake"

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Talking with the enemy is suddenly fashionable" - Taliban still say they're not talking

 

Taliban Forcing Phone Companies to Shut Down Cell Phone Service at Night - More

 

Opinion:  Now That Taliban 2 i/c is in Custody, Why Not Ship Him to International Criminal Court?

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban claims 7 AFG cops killed in K'Har City, attack on police station in Gereshk, Helmand

 

Islamic Countries Warn West Against Hasty Withdrawal from AFG

 

23 Mar 10

Darren James Fitzpatrick, R.I.P.:  "Canadian soldier dies in Edmonton hospital" - Commander-in-Chief's Statement - Prime Minister's Statement - "Family says soldier will be missed terribly" - More - more - more

 

Next Troops Downrange from Petawawa Leaving Soon

 

CAN, AFG Engineers Fixing Kandahar's Tarnak Bridge

 

Canada's Senior Civilian in Kandahar Speaks to Turkish Think Tank

 

"U.S. forces at Taliban’s heels" in Kandahar Province

 

AFG Pres Pissed at Taliban Killing 10 Picnicking Civilians in Helmand

 

UK 3 RIFLES Soldier Killed in Sangin Blast

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  Taliban Statement Again Denies Any Talks Going On (Scribd.com) -  More - more

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  "Dozens" of Americans Alleged Killed in Nad Ali Blast; "Who Controls Marjah Now?"

 

Blog Watch:  "Did the Quetta Shura Break With al-Qaida?" - "Maybe a Rational (Counternarcotic) Policy, At Last"

 

22 Mar 10

Darren James Fitzpatrick, R.I.P.:  Soldier Dies of Wounds Sustained in 6 Mar 10 Attack - Minister of National Defence's Statement - Milnet.ca Condolences Thread

 

"A trial that starts this week will be the first time a Canadian soldier has faced a murder charge for a battlefield death, and it's expected to offer rare insight into the moral and legal ground tread by soldiers in combat."

 

Critic of Canadian Mission Wants to Go to Afghanistan

 

CAN Detainee Fracas:  "Panel could review detainee documents: experts"

 

"Kandahar offensive 'the real test' for NATO" - "UN reduces Kandahar staff over security concerns as NATO troops begin to roll"

 

"Afghan and coalition soldiers recently visited the village of Kandu-Ye Bala, in the Kajran District of Uruzgan province, to distribute condolence payments and assist the people following an incident involving the tragic death of several villagers."

 

UK Grenadier Guards in Helmand:  "It was like Zulu" - Helmand PRT Flickr Feed

 

"Militant Hizb-e Islami Delegation Meets With Afghan President" - More

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  More Marjah Attack Claims; K'Har Statement Harkening Back to Soviets Mentoring AFG Forces - Which Taliban web pages aren't working right now

 

Blog Watch:  "Taliban Warfare is required to be understood in correct military perspective rather than a mere act of crime, terrorism or banditry."

 

"Iranians train Taliban to use roadside bombs" - "Taliban claims of Iran training dismissed by diplomats" - Karzai Says "No, Thanks" to PAK Army Offer to Train AFG Army

 

 

21 Mar 10

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  Good Question! - More - "We shouldn't abandon Afghanistan"

 

How CFB Edmonton Could Change Post-Afghanistan

 

Brits Now Dealing with their Own Detainee Fracas? - Brit Engineers Hard at Work in Babaji Area - "Afghan president visits Dutch Uruzgan troops"

 

"Afghan drug cartels squeeze poppy farmers" in Helmand

 

Taliban Promises Not to Attack Persian New Year Celebrations - Civilians Killed as SOMEONE Attacks Persian New Year Picnic in Helmand - More - More on Persian New Year

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban alleges attack in Uruzgan on Karzai meeting

 

20 Mar 10

Vandoos Training to Deploy - Meanwhile, Next ROTO Prepares to Head Downrange - More

 

Veterans' Ombudsman: Wounded Warriors Should NOT Just Be Treated Like Injured Workers

 

"Trial for Canadian soldier accused of murdering Taliban fighter starts Monday" - Opinion: "The case against Capt. Semrau"

 

Blog Watch:  CF Erects Memorial to Fallen Journalist (But Not to Curry Favour) - "Lakehead University Offers Free Tuition to Kids of the Fallen"

 

"Can Canadian perfume help Afghanistan break its poppy habit?"

 

AUS Soldier Goes for Treatment 48 Hours After Being Injured So He Could Finish Job

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):   More Taliban Attacks Alleged in Boldak, Helmand and Uruzgan

 

19 Mar 10

"Afghan army dropout rate poses 'challenge' to Canada's exit strategy" - More - "State of the Afghan army, police: not what you’d hope"

 

CAN G-G Names Latest "Mentioned in Dispatches" Recipients from AFG

 

CAN Detainee Fracas:  "Opposition unites to get look at uncensored detainee documents" - More - more - Hansard Record of Liberals Calling for End to Detainee Transfers - "Afghan detainee abuse showdown could force an election"

 

Opinion: Former CBC Reporter Asks Why CF Doesn't Allow Coverage of Every Single Firefight and Incident

 

"The United States prepares its troops and its allies for the coming offensive in Kandahar, the Taliban's spiritual home" - More - more - Registan.net:  "Operation Kandahar is go" -

"U.S. troops leave (Spin Boldak) border to Afghan boss accused of graft"

 

Blog Watch:  Former OMLT Trainer's Version of CP Story About Kandahar (Allegedly) Almost Being Taken by Taliban - More - And His Take on Canada's Latest Quarterly Update - "It's the Tribes? That's Stupid!" (USA/USMC COIN Ctr Blog)

 

Latest Two British Fallen Named - NLD Royalty Drops By:  Original in Dutch - Google English

 

JIEDDO Boss: "Attacks on U.S. and allied forces with makeshift bombs in Afghanistan are 50 percent more lethal than three years ago" - More - more - JIEDDO News Release

 

"Afghan bomber blows up while putting on suicide vest " - Taliban Justice:  19 Year Old Woman Gets Nose, Ears Cut Off for "Insulting" In Laws

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  Former UN Uber-Envoy Says PAK Arrests of Taliban Ground Talks to a Halt - More

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):   More alleged attacks in Helmand; alleged interview with Taliban commander, Mullah in Marjah

 

US MRAPS to be Shipped to AFG via "a U.S. ally in southwest Asia" (Saving Wear & Tear on C-17's)

 

18 Mar 10

Canada Releases Latest Quarterly Report on AFG Mission - Full Report

 

Canada's ROCK "Paving the Way for 'Combat Diplomats' "

 

Releases Campaign Reports: "Governance in Kandahar was pushed to the brink by Taliban bombs and assassinations last spring"

 

ISAF Boss:  "Kandahar is Already Being Shaped"

 

Detainee Fracas:  "Stop transferring Afghan detainees, Amnesty lawyer tells Canada" - More - more - "Lawyer argues it could take judge years to sift through detainee files" - "Stymied by a Conservative government that has relentlessly delayed releases, opposition members are reduced to chasing their own rhetorical tail"

 

OP Moshtarak:  Taliban Still Intimidating, Threatening Marjah Residents after NATO Push - More - "Handling Marjeh’s Poppy & Other Concerns"

 

"2 soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment killed in Helmand" - "Captain Martin Driver dies in Selly Oak from wounds sustained in Afghanistan"

 

"Afghan bomber blows up while putting on suicide vest"

 

17 Mar 10

"Canadian civilians helping Afghans re-connect with government"

"Disabled veterans from Canada's Afghan mission predicted to swell ranks of Paralympic teams"

 

warpoet.ca: "a public war"

 

Detainee Fracas:  "Canada and its allies have repeatedly promised – and failed – to build a new prison in Afghanistan where transferred detainees could be interned without risk of abuse, torture or ill-treatment" - Opinion:  "If Iacobucci hopes to salvage anything for Canadians from this political train wreck, his review will have to be exceptionally fast and focused."

 

"Aid groups worry ahead of Kandahar fight"

 

"Two suicide attackers dressed in burqas were shot dead Wednesday as they attempted to enter the compound of a US-linked aid organisation in (Lashkar Gah)"

 

More on Blogger's Take on "Who's Covering the Bridge?" Fracas:  CAN TF Commander Reportedly Asks US for Money for New Bridge

 

AUS Troops Injured in AFG, Call In Airstrike to Destroy Vehicle - More - AUS DoD Statement

 

Blog Watch:  "Slowish News Day in AFG (and What’s Not Being Asked)"

 

"Are some Taliban ignoring Mullah Omar's ethics code?"

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Hamid Karzai held secret talks with Mullah Baradar in Afghanistan"

 

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

 

"Taliban Internet recruiting through the eyes of a detainee"

 

16 Mar 10

"When combat troops withdraw next summer, they’ll take with them Tim Hortons, gym equipment and KAF’s best hockey team" - Opinion: "Not the time to retreat"

CAN Medical Staff Looking Into Spreading AFG Military Preventative Hygiene Program into Kandahar

22 Sudbury Reservists Prepare to Head Downrange

"Veterans stepping forward for treatment of operational stress injuries"

"Karzai to dispatch more Afghan troops-police to defend Kandahar: minister"

Soldier from 1 Royal Anglians Killed - Big Drug Stash Nabbed in Helmand

Blog Watch:  All Things CT on Why the Taliban Doesn't Need to Take the Cities

Signs the Taliban is Evolving in Fighting Style

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Aide: Karzai 'very angry' at Taliban boss' arrest" - More - "Tale of Two Taliban Reveals U.S. Dilemma"

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):   Taliban Allege Coalition Casualties in Kandahar, Helmand

 

15 Mar 10

Toronto Maple Leafs GM in Next Group of Canadian Celebs Headed to AFG

 

Taliban Statement on Kandahar City Civilian Killings (Scribd.com):  "Operation in the heart of Kandahar city was a message to Stanley McChrystal and a reaction to the U.S coming operation in Kandahar" - More

 

OP Moshtarak:  "I’d be .... curious why a few hundred impoverished farmers with machine guns were made the target of a 10,000 man military campaign just because they supported the wrong side of the conflict—did they really pose that much of a strategic threat to the overall war?" - "Poppies Escape Marjah Offensive"

Bad Boy Boss Nailed in Helmand - Bad Boy Boss Also Nabbed in Zhari - AUS SF, AFG Troops Nab Taliban Bad Boy Boss in Uruzgan

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  Taliban Willing to Talk to NGOs, Aid Agencies

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  More Claims of Marjah Casualties, Including Donkey Bombing - Taliban (Tries) Driving Wedges Between NATO Allies

 

14 Mar 10

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  Statement:  Taliban Calls Canadian Decision to Leave Afghanistan "Rational(e)" (PDF link to non-terrorist site) - MILNEWS.ca:  Canadian Withdrawal Endorsed by the Taliban!

 

More on Upcoming ROTO Training in US

 

Michelle Lang, R.I.P.:  "Military unveils plaque for Calgary Herald reporter slain in Afghanistan" - More

 

"Suicide attackers strike in southern Afghanistan city; at least 30 reported killed" - More - more - more - AFG President Pissed - K'Har Governor Calls for More Troops to Protect Area - Taliban Spox:  Attacks Response to Word of Coming Push in K'Har

 

Canadian Detainee Fracas:  "Afghan detainee review guidelines released" - More - Department of Justice (DOJ) news release - DOJ Terms of Reference - "Critics say guidelines set for Afghan document review a "stalling exercise" " - More "Liberals are calling for the immediate halt to the transfer of Canadian detainees to Afghan prisons in light of a U.S. report raising concerns about torture and human rights abuses."

 

"Afghanistan agrees to open its electoral commission to foreigners"

New UN Uber-Envoy Takes Up Post

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claim 3 Americans Killed in Marjah Bombing

 

13 Mar 10

"Injured vets carry the Paralympic flame as relay's final day honours military"

"The building boom that is Canada's Afghan base"

 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  Opinion: "Reconstruction seizes up amid Afghan paralysis in Ottawa" - "Canada has been silent although NATO has declared mentoring is fast becoming its top priority and the best way for the alliance to achieve an orderly, rather than a premature exit strategy from Afghanistan."

 

More on Blogger's Take on "Who's Covering the Bridge?" Fracas:  THIS is an apology???  "In apology to BG Menard, I should not have demanded that he be fired so early in the process, despite that my assertion that he was responsible has proven true .... Brigadier General Menard clearly was not the only responsible party for this strategic bridge that his soldiers depend upon. To single out BG Menard was a mistake, despite that he was ultimately responsible for the ANP." - BruceR on This - More - "Canadians repair key Kandahar bridge blown up in suicide bomber attack"

 

Canadian Detainee Fracas:  "NATO allies lobbied Afghan's president for a separate legal framework to handle prisoners captured around Kandahar in late 2006 but those efforts "went nowhere," say internal memos." - More - The Torch on This - "Liberals stuck in Afghan rut; Fixated on detainee issue at expense of the economy"

 

OP Moshtarak:  "Governance in Marjah" - "UK forces to hand over Musa Qal'ah to other ISAF troops" - "Marjah push: Ups and downs are lessons for future"

 

"British Forces Restructured In Helmand" - "British commanders in Afghanistan are watching to see if the Taliban are changing tactics after troops in a militant hotspot reported that insurgents' shooting is becoming more accurate." - "An Australian-run Trade Training School (TTS), soon set to expand, is teaching young Afghan men valuable carpentry skills in Tarin Kowt, southern Afghanistan."

 

Taliban IED Kills Six Civilians in Uruzgan - More

 

Taliban 2i/c Nabbed:  "Sources: Captured Taliban leader 'singing like a male canary' "

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claims 4 US "Tanks" Destroyed in Marjah - Another Rash o' Marjah Claims

 

"Rift Growing Between Al Qaeda And The Taliban?"

 

11 Mar 10

"Canadians, Afghans beat back Taliban in 'crazy' fighting: Soldier" - More

 

Jane's: "Canada is to field its upgraded Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) in Afghanistan later this year"

 

Canadian Detainee Fracas:  "Liberals feared Abu Ghraib-type detainee scandal: source" - "Foreign Affairs officials have been called to testify before a probe into Canada’s transfer of Afghan detainees"

Videos:  ISAF Commander's "8 Imperatives of COIN"

OP Moshtarak UK DefSec Drops By, "sees success of Op MOSHTARAK"

Counter-IED Troops Hailed as "Heroes of Afghanistan"

BBC on US GAO Report: "Drug abuse is rife in the Afghan police force with up to four out of 10 recruits testing positive for illegal drugs in some areas" - "Afghanistan Drug Control: Strategy Evolving and Progress Reported, but Interim Performance Targets and Evaluation of Justice Reform Efforts Needed" (Summary - Full Report in PDF)

Taliban 2i/c Nabbed:  "Afghan chiefs in Pakistan disperse to cities after the detentions of top militants, hindering the insurgency"

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "(UK) Foreign Office officials believe elements of Taliban ready to talk but fears grow of long Afghan conflict, and growing casualties" - Foreign Secretary's Speech - Minister's Blog Post on Issue

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Taliban Claims 4 US "Tanks" Destroyed in Marjah

"We don't want proxy wars in Afghanistan, Karzai says"

 

10 Mar 10

"Canadian hospital workers face cultural challenges in Afghanistan"

"Gates and Afghan Leader Review Plan for a Kandahar Offensive"

CAN Rep at COIN Centre: "Losing the Insurgency One Bribe at a Time"

Canadian Detainee Fracas:  "A Canadian diplomat with extensive experience in Afghanistan says she raised the possibility that detainees transferred from Canadian to Afghan custody were at risk of torture back in 2005, but her concerns were ignored (by) the Liberal government in power at the time" - "Prime Minister Stephen Harper downplayed revelations of a "contingency plan" to deal with accusations that prisoners handed over to Afghan authorities were tortured." - Opinion: "Try as he may, Prime Minister Stephen Harper can no longer stonewall the Afghan detainee controversy." - "How will Afghan detainee documents be judged?" - What "Rendition"?

 

US EUCOM Boss: "NATO countries are failing to live up to promises to provide hundreds of personnel to train Afghanistan's fledging security forces"

OP Moshtarak:  RFE/RL: "In Marjah, New Gains Could Offer Escape From Tragic Past" - NPR: "Fear Of Taliban Hinders U.S. Efforts In Marjah"

UK 1, 4 RIFLES Troops Killed in Helmand Identified Here and Here - AUS Troops "train Afghan troops in Oruzgan province, but can't guide their military proteges through real-life combat situations because of decisions made by political chiefs in Canberra." - Opinion: "With Dutch troops set to depart Afghanistan, the alliance forged in the Cold War is fraying"

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Why mujahideen and Saudi lawyers hold the key to peace in Afghanistan" - "As President Obama's deadline of July 2011 .... approaches, the war and peace making in Afghanistan is likely to get more complicated."

 

9 Mar 10

Upcoming ROTO Getting Ready in Mojave Desert - More

"Bombs and bullets all in a day's work for head of 'CSI: Kandahar' "

Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee: "Canada needs to “grow up” and start talking seriously about its role in Afghanistan once its military mission there ends in 2011" - More

BC Embed Arrives at KAF

More on Blogger's Take on "Who's Covering the Bridge?" Fracas:  Originally Aiming for More Details, Apology to Canadian General for Last Weekend - Now, Maybe This Week

"Afghan war's 'decisive phase' looms in Kandahar: Gates" - "Afghanistan Commander Sees Slow Buildup In Kandahar" - "US general pledges to secure symbolic Kandahar" - "Kandahar operation in summer, says US commander"

Canadian Detainee Fracas:  "Prime Minister Stephen Harper has defended the role of Canada's spy service in the questioning of Afghan prisoners, saying the agency respects its "international obligations at all times." " - "Canuck spies grilling Afghan detainees prompts fresh calls for inquiry"

OP Moshtarak:  Associated Press: "Karzai gets earful in town seized from Taliban" - ISAF:  "Gen. McChrystal Details Lessons of Marja Offensive" - "Operations in Helmand province will serve as a template for future operations elsewhere in Afghanistan" - UK MoD On Why So Busy in Sangin

"Soldier from 1 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan" - "3 RIFLES solider tackles live Taleban hand grenade" - Brit PM Drops By

"Australian explosive ordnance disposal specialist wounded while destroying insurgent weapons"

Talkin' to the Taliban"Karzai plans Afghan peace summit in April"

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Karzai & Brown Allegedly Rocketed in Marjah; 20+ ISAF Troops Claimed Killed Across Helmand

 

8 Mar 10

"Officers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service have played a crucial and long-standing role as interrogators of a vast swath of captured Taliban fighters" - BruceR at Flit: "idea that Canadians were "outsourcing interrogation to the Afghans" at the time is ludicrous"

 

"Soldier from 1 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan" - Latest UK Fallen Identified

 - "SAS in Afghanistan suffers worst losses for 60 years"

 

OP Moshtarak:  LA Times: "A campaign has begun to lure residents back to war-ravaged Now Zad in Helmand province" - Registan.net on How to Move Forward in Marjeh

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  February’s Lies o’ the Month

 

7 Mar 10

 

One of Canada's Wounded Warriors Carries Paralympic Flame

 

Canadian Press embed:  Real Life =/= Movie

 

Opinion: "The West builds institutions. Afghans want informal justice"

 

"Soldier from 3 RIFLES killed near Sangin on 6 March"

 

OP Moshtarak:  "Karzai visits Afghan battle zone, vows to rebuild" - "British PM hails anti-Taliban push in southern Afghanistan" - Registan.net on Who's In Charge in Marjah

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Canadians Claimed Killed; More Marjah Statements; Kabul Attack=Victory - Taliban Publishes Picture Book (Scribd.com)

 

6 Mar 10

"With a year left in a mission that’s cost billions and 140 Canadian soldiers’ lives, Canada takes new risks to win over villages – but is it too little, too late?"

 

AFG Detainee Handling Fracas:  "Retired judge asked to review documents in detainee affair" - More

 

"Islamic militants are being brought into the Afghan National Army through a back door recruitment scheme"

 

More on New ISAF Night Raid Rules

 

Taliban 2i/c Nabbed:  "Back to Baradar: A strategic shift, perhaps, but which way?" - "Abu Walid al Masri’s article on the capture of Mullah Baradar"

 

OP Moshtarak:  Red Cross: Taliban IEDs "prevent resumption of normal life in Marjah" - More - "New Afghan chief in Marjah has criminal record"

 

UK MoD: "Soldier from 3 RIFLES killed near Sangin on 5 March"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Canadian Vehicle Allegedly Blown Up in Boldak; Slew of Helmand, Kandahar Attacks, Including Stoning of AFG Cop

 

5 Mar 10

 

"Families of Canadian soldiers come to Afghanistan to mourn lost loved ones"

 

Some of What Canada's AFG Police Trainers are Up To

 

More on Blogger's Take on "Who's Covering the Bridge?" Fracas:  Blogger Says He'll Apologize to CAN General Now that US General Takes Responsibility - That Apology'll Take Longer than Planned Now

 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  CENTCOM Commander: "I’m not going to get into national decisions.” - CAN Speech from the Throne:  "After 2011, our effort in Afghanistan will focus on development and humanitarian aid."

 

AFG Detainee Handling Fracas:  "Harper refuses to give up detainee documents, says lawyers dictate censorship"

 

CENTCOM Boss:  War'll Get Harder Before it Gets Easier - More

 

ISAF Boss McChrystal Gets Even More Power - More - more - New ISAF Rules on Night Raids

 

Taliban 2i/c Nabbed:  More Bad Guys Rounded Up - More - ISAF Boss: "The arrest of the Afghan Taliban's former number two figure may have been the result of an internal feud and purge among Taliban leaders" - "Does leadership targeting fall into an overall strategic plan or is it just something we are doing because we can? "

 

OP Moshtarak:  PAK Media: "Taliban bombs still a problem for US troops in Marjah" - AFPS: "Troops in Marja Focus on Public Support for Government" - AP: "Hard part in Marjah has only just begun" - "Did the Marja offensive work?" - Voice of America: "Taliban Insurgents Mostly Cleared from Marja" - CNN: "In Marjah, it's still a competition with the Taliban" - UK MoD: "Stabilisation in Musa Qa'lah points the way forward for Op MOSHTARAK"

 

AUS Changes Names of Uruzgan Teams: Bye bye MRTF, hello MTF! - "A (UK) army helicopter pilot who was shot between the eyes by a Taliban bullet still managed to fly all 20 passengers to safety" - NATO Sec-Gen: "NATO chief says Dutch Afghan withdrawal will not set off stampede to the exits"

 

Opinion: "How ‘neo’ have the ‘Neo-Taleban’ been?" - "Creating a separate command (in southern AFG) … just doesn’t make any sense. They’re just doing it to do it."

 

Ougoing UN Uber-Envoy: "Hamid Karzai's government needs more resolve on reform, and that the international community's strategy is too 'militarily driven' and has unrealistic demands"

 

AFG Considering Banning Certain Web Sites

 

PAK Accuses IND, AFG Int of Killing Road Workers in Kandahar - Meanwhile "U.S. hones message machine in Afghanistan, Pakistan"

 

4 Mar 10

CAN Soldier Wounded in 12 Feb 10 Training Incident Recovering

 

"Canadians sponsor program to end illiteracy among Afghan police" - "High drop-out and low recruitment rates have hampered NATO efforts to boost security forces to control insurgents in southern Afghanistan"

 

More on Blogger's Take on "Who's Covering the Bridge?" Fracas:  Former CAN OMLT'eer: "Yon's little temper tantrum seems to have made the papers, I see." - "Yon's just looking for ammo to condemn the non-US elements of the mission" - More from The Torch - Meanwhile, While Blogger Bashes CAN Command, "U.S. Redraws Afghan Command" in South - More

 

"North America’s biggest military players, including top generals from Canada and the U.S., are in Ottawa Thursday to talk about the Canadian military and the mission in Afghanistan."

 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  Op-Ed: "Canada can make a huge difference by leaving a small contingent of military trainers in Afghanistan after the 2011 withdrawal deadline"

Fayetteville Observer Observer: "The escalation of the war in Afghanistan has been bleak, bloody and deadly. That won't change soon."

 

Taliban 2i/c Nabbed:  "Pakistan Agrees in Principle to Hand Over Taliban Deputy to Afghans" - More - "Finding Kabir And Baradar Wasn't Rocket Science - But About Money "

 

OP Moshtarak:  AFG Int Says Former Gitmo Guest Now Running Taliban Battle in South - More - AP: "Taliban, not drugs, focus of US-Afghan offensive" - ISAF 4 Mar 10 Update

 

5 PAK Road Workers Gunned Down in Kandahar

 

UK MoD Identifies Latest Fallen from 3 RIFLES - "Will Others Follow Dutch and Leave Afghanistan?"

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "The head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan said Thursday that it's "high time" a political solution is found with the Taliban to resolve the more than 8-year-old conflict."

 

Taliban Statement Condemns Banning Live Coverage of Attacks (Scribd.com) - More - more - more

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Two Americans, 5 ISAF Troops Claimed Dead in Alleged Helmand Attacks

 

"U.S. military questions Karzai's steps on corruption"

 

3 Mar 10 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  Today's Throne Speech to Confirm End of Canada's Military Mission in AFG - Editorial: "Our Afghan role remains confused"

 

USA Military blogger Calls for CAN TF Commander to be Fired Over Bridge IED Incident? - Army.ca Discussion - Former CAN OMLT'eer's Take

 

Upcoming CAN ROTO Trains in USA

 

CAN Policewoman Training AFG Women Cops

 

AFG Woman Living in CAN:  "Canadians will need to educate themselves, to truly learn about the enemy that Afghans, and now Canadians, face and to recognize it as the danger that it really is. Ask an Afghan woman, she can tell you."

 

CIDA Advisor in K'Har: “We have provided (about) 2,000 farmers in each of the six key districts (of Kandahar) with wheat seed. It’s really hard to know exactly what impact that has, but obviously the hope and intent is that it will be planted. You just don’t know what the impact directly is.”

 

CAN Prisoner Handling Fracas:  "Liberal MP's motion could set the stage for constitutional clash over abuse documents" - More

 

Latest UK Fallen Identified - Brits Kill IED Planters w/Artillery

 

OP Moshtarak:  "At a minimum, at least two battalions should stay in Marja permanently, to undergird the new government (and) live right inside the town, providing security and guidance from within." - More - American Forces Press Service: "Marja Clearing Phase Nears Completion" - ISAF Commander Drops By - Brit Aid Work in Helmand w/Moshtarak - ISAF: "While progress is taking place in southern Afghanistan following Operation Moshtarak, insurgent attacks have continued to harm civilians and impact their freedom of movement in Kandahar and Helmand."

 

Mortars, IED Components Nabbed in Helmand, Uruzgan - Big Drug Cache Nabbed in Nimroz

 

Talkin' to the Taliban:  "Karzai's invitation to Taliban creates discord and confusion"

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Almost 50 American, ISAF Troops Claimed Killed in Alleged Attacks across Helmand

 

USA Envoy Worries Over AFG Media Restrictions - More

 

2 Mar 10

CAN Vet of Afghanistan Waits to Give Himself Permission to Share Stories

 

CAN Prisoner Handling Fracas:  Damian at The Torch Pissed at Toronto Star Columnist's Coverage - More from BruceR at Flit

 

Triple Blast in K'Har Claims 8 Lives (Including Civilians) - More - more

 

Blog Watch:  COIN = ISAF people knowing AFG people - Problems with Night Raids - "Strangers at the Door: Night Raids by International Forces Lose Hearts and Minds of Afghans" (PDF)

 

OP Moshtarak:  Financial Times: "Focus in Marjah turns to building government" - BBC: "First steps for stability in Marjah?" - Analyst Says Way to Win Peace is Through Taxes, Census - Other Analysts Pipe In About Marjah Campaign - Counter IED Troops Making a Difference - AFG Second VP Drops By Marjah - More - 2VP "Speaks With Warmth, but Reaps Cool" - NPR: "Marjah Effort Shows Values, Flaws Of Afghan Forces"

 

UK 4 RIFLES Soldier Killed in Sangin Firefight - Princess Anne Drops By

 

Suspected Bad Boys Nabbed in Helmand

 

AFG Int Service Bans Live, Videotaped Broadcast of Taliban Attacks in Progress

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  TPW RC-SOUTH: Multiple Attacks Alleged ISAF Tps, AFG Cops in Kandahar; Latest Statement on Moshtarak

 

"Pakistan seizes key Taliban, Al-Qaeda base"

 

1 Mar 10

How CAN Troops Did Their Part to Help Canada Win Hockey Gold - More

 

Canada's Post-2011 Mission Messaging Mambo ©:  Opinion:  "When Parliament resumes on Wednesday, the prime minister must explain how he sees events unfolding in Afghanistan over the next few years."

 

" 'Gradual' campaign likely in Kandahar"

 

OP Moshtarak:  AP: "Marines, Afghan troops to stay months in Marjah" - AP: "Troops clear last of Marja"

 

Taliban 2i/c Nabbed:  PAK "Wipes Out" Half of Taliban's Quetta Shura - "What can Pakistan gain from capture of Taliban leaders?"

 

Two Taliban Commanders Nabbed in K'Har - "ANP Finds Two Caches in Dai Kundi Province" - "ANA Distribute Clothing, Food in Zabul Province"

 

Blog Watch:  What the Associated Press Missed About Complaints of Civilian Casualties - "Afghans are sick of fighting .... Afghans on the whole long for unity and reintegration might just be a way to achieving it." - "Taliban playing nicer?"

 

Afghan Human Rights Group Bashes Taliban for Civilian Casualties - Taliban Kill 11 Civilians with Helmand IED - Five Afghans, One POL Soldier Killed in K'Har City Blast - More - more

 

Taliban Propaganda Watch (all links to non-terrorist web pages):  Police Commander Allegedly Killed in Kandahar; Five Taliban Statements on Alleged Helmand Incidents

 

"ISI hand in Taliban's Kabul attack?" - "Saudi concerned over growing links between Taliban, Qaida"

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