Archive for the ‘Afghanistan, Kandahar’ Category
- Manitoba Floods 2014 “PM Stephen Harper tours flooded regions in Manitoba” – “Defence Minister vetoes Mulcair visit to flood command post” – more
- “Internal DND analysis paints refined picture of military suicide crisis” – more
- “Military sex harassment policies, procedures under scrutiny” – From the Info-machine: “Update by General Tom Lawson on the Launch of the External Independent Review” – more background from the Info-machine
- Congrats! “New Commander for Canadian Forces Intelligence Command”
- Afghanistan (1) “Afghanistan memorial arrives in Petawawa”
- Afghanistan (2) “Afghan Memorial Unveiled With Short Notice On Minister’s Order — A decision by then-defence minister Peter MacKay to unveil on short notice a memorial to Canadians killed in Afghanistan left officials in the department scrambling to notify families of the fallen in time to attend, documents obtained by CBC News show. What had been a carefully planned event to honour the memory of those who were killed during Canada’s participation in the war was derailed last July when military officials were asked on a Wednesday to have a national memorial display ready in Ottawa for the following Monday ….” – “Tug-of-war between minister, NDHQ delayed Afghanistan memorial date”
- Afghanistan (3) Commentary “Afghanistan on the brink”
- Academic commentary “…. Despite his tough talk about supporting the troops, Stephen Harper has reduced defence spending to just 1% of GDP — the lowest level in Canadian history ….”
- Cold War Era Canadian Defence DM: CF doesn’t need jets – Commentary from Milnet.ca (DISCLOSURE: I’m a moderator over at Milnet.ca)
- “Ontario Provincial Police looking to the Canadian Military for recruits”
- South Sudan “Canada urged to play a bigger role in South Sudan crisis” – more news from South Sudan here and here
- Middle East (1) “Harper confirms Canada’s support for Israel in conversation with Netanyahu”
- Middle East (2) “Canadians take cover in Jerusalem bomb shelter”
- Middle East (3) Socialist commentary “Time for Canada to Honor its UN Obligations Toward Palestine”
- “Accused terrorist Misbahuddin Ahmed’s fate now in the hands of his jury”
- From Pakistani media “Calgary suicide bomber Salman Ashrafi who killed 19 Iraqis as a foot soldier of ISIS belongs to Karachi Pakistan”
- “The Life Of A Jihadi Wife: Why One Canadian Woman Joined ISIS’s Islamic State”
- Khadr Boy (1) “Omar Khadr wins appeal, ordered transferred to provincial jail” – more – more
- Khadr Boy (2) “Khadr eligible for parole board hearing: lawyer”
- Khadr Boy (3) “Government to appeal ruling” – “Tories accused of ‘pandering to politics’ with appeal” – more
- Khadr Boy (4) Commentary “Every Canadian deserves justice. Even Omar Khadr”
- Ukraine (1) rabble.ca on how Canada’s helping the (alleged) bad guy, Ukraine
- Ukraine (2) More of the latest from Ukraine here and here
- “Suspicious package found at CFB Halifax dockyard”
- “424 Squadron search and rescue teams rescue Cessna pilot”
- From the Info-machine “The force of last resort: how the CAF respond to natural disasters across Canada”
- More from the Info-machine “Soldiers at work and on parade: Ceremonial Guard”
- “The Royal Canadian Navy has decided to keep one of its few destroyers tied up after assessing a string of rust patches on its hull and concluding it may not be safe to send out to sea. Capt. Peter Ryan said naval engineers and architects reviewed the corrosion in an area that stretches between a couple of decks on HMCS Iroquois, which was sidelined in April after the rust was detected. They are now trying to determine if the aging ship should be repaired or retired, leaving the navy fleet further diminished as more than a dozen other vessels undergo regular maintenance, modernization or repairs ….”
- “$5.7B Cyclone Maritime Helicopters Lack Key Safety Requirement” – more
- “Scotiabank hit injured soldier with $7K mortgage penalty”
- What the Veterans Ombudsman has to say about the House Of Commons Standing Committee On National Defence Report “Caring For Canada’s Ill And Injured Military Personnel”
- “Retired Naval Officer Appointed as Deputy Chairperson to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board — Minister Fantino is pleased to announce the appointment of former Naval Officer Thomas Jarmyn to the position of Board Member and Deputy Chairperson at the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB) ….”
- “William Anthony Paddon building officially opened in St. John’s” – more – Info-machine news release – Cabinet Minister tours the place
- “Massive Rider flag aboard HMCS Regina”
- From the Pentagon Info-machine on Canadian troops in Mongolia “Hundreds of service members and distinguished guests from U.S. Army Pacific and surrounding countries gathered for the Khaan Quest 2014 opening ceremony held at the Mongolian Armed Forces Peace Support Operations Training Center at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia, June 20 …. Khaan Quest 2014 is slated to host more than 1,000 services members, including approximately 300 U.S. personnel and participants and observers from 23 other countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.”
- “Air force hiring foreign pilots to fly front-line jets – Royal Canadian Air Force cites a “labour shortage” for why it has hired former military pilots from overseas to fly transport jets and patrol aircraft ….” - the REST of the story at Milnet.ca (DISCLOSURE: I’m a moderator at Milnet.ca)
- Afghanistan Commentary “Canada’s tragic legacy in Afghanistan”
- Commentary “Lang & Dallaire: Canada has a second chance to make the right choice on missile defence — Canada was wrong to opt out of the U.S. ballistic missile defence system nine years ago. It’s time to do our part ….”
- “Radicalization of Muslim Youths in Canada”
- “The case of the big talker convicted of terrorism”
- “Song commemorates Canada’s fallen heroes”
- World War 2 (1) “Remains of Canadian Second World War Airman Identified” – “Identification process for Flight Sergeant John Joseph Carey” – more – more
- World War 2 (2) “Ultra-marathon commemorates Normandy”
- Ukraine (1) “Stephen Harper announces more sanctions as Ukraine crisis grows” – Expanded Sactions List – more
- Ukraine (2) “Saber Strike 2014 Concludes in Latvia”
- Ukraine (3) More of the latest from Ukraine here and here
- Academic commentary “NATO needs to get its house in order to face a more dangerous world”
- Team prepares for 160-kilometre Nijmegen March
- New boss for 437 Transport Squadron
- From the RCAF Info-machine “442 Transport and Rescue Squadron. Jumping into training on Canada’s west coast”
- “USS Nimitz drops by for CF visit at Nanoose Bay”
- “Judge reserves ruling on settlements to disabled RCMP, military vets”
- “War vet denied anti-anxiety meds in jail granted bail”
- “No jail sentence for soldier’s violent rampage”
- “Dartmouth (CF) family receives outpouring of support after fire”
- rabble.ca’s take on how the CF is handling sexual assaults “Colliding worlds in an Ottawa courtroom highlight Canada’s gender-based violence”
- From the Pentagon Info-machine “A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies over a simulated Afghan village teeming with role players dressed as locals. Soldiers on foot and in Humvees travel back and forth on a dusty road from the village to a forward operating base (FOB), while role-playing insurgents plan to ambush a passing convoy. This scenario was just part of the training that played out June 8-22 during Panther Strike 2014, a large-scale, cross-component intelligence exercise. The training, at Camp Williams, Utah, attracted more than 600 National Guard, Army Reserve and active duty military intelligence (MI) soldiers from across 13 states, as well as international forces from Australia, Canada and Great Britain ….”
- More from the Pentagon Info-machine “Today, female Soldiers work and live side-by-side their male counterparts in combat zones. One of those Soldiers, Army Maj. Marci Hodge, proves how women join the fight and help commanders successfully meet their combat missions …. A year after the Pentagon lifted the ban on women in combat, female Soldiers from armies around the world shared their stories in Washington D.C. at a recent conference entitled “Women in Combat Units: Experiences of Partner Nations” sponsored by Women in International Security …. Hodge was a panel member in the first session, ‘Women in Combat Testimonials,’ which included female veteran voices from Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army. The countries represented on the panel, aside from the U.S., integrated women into combat roles between 1985 and 1989. The most senior female voice on the panel was Canadian Col. Jennie Carignan who commanded the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment from 2009 to 2010. She was the first woman in Canadian Armed Forces history to command a combat arms unit ….”
- A little more from south of the border “4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Canadian Army kick down barriers, strengthen relationships during Exercise Tradewinds 2014″
- Afghanistan “2CMBG remembers the Afghanistan mission” – more
- Way Up North “Russia’s probes of Arctic CADIZ a ‘strategic’ message”
- “Air Canada flight’s U-turn after security breach puzzles experts — An airport security breach and the response involving the Air Canada flight appears to be a tale of two lapses — one of security, the other concerning judgment, according to airport security experts ….”
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- Riiiiiiiiiiiiight …. Russia says CF spy’s four years of material “lacked value” – more
- “Canadian agencies’ warrantless snooping on shaky legal ground, critics warn”
- “RCAF veteran awarded Legion of Honour”
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- “Canada’s other top-secret bunker — Once a top-secret military installation of the Cold War, the “Diefenbunker” museum in Carp now has thousands of curious visitors passing through its doors. However, an investigation shows that there was a previous bunker built into the rock of the Lanark Highlands ….”
- “Italian man, rescued as a boy in WW2, thanks soldiers’ families”
Given the apparent demand, here’s what the Taliban is saying on its “Voice of Jihad” web pageabout the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap – usual caveats about clicking on the bad guy’s links, etc.
“al-Imārah Studio presents a new video message from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: “Exchange of Prisoners Between the Islamic Emirate and U.S. Government” “ (links to analyst blog jihadology.com)
“Statement of the Islamic Emirate about the release of five heads from ‘Guantanamo Jail’ “ (screen capture at non-terrorist site here)
Created on Sunday, 01 June 2014 07:34
We heartily congratulate the whole nation, Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate, particularly the kith and kin of the released ones that five heads of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan namely Mulla Muhammad Fazal Akhund, Mulla Noorulla Noori, Mulla Khairulla Khairkhwa, Mulla Abdul Haq Waseeq and Moulavi Muhammad Nabi who had been incarcerated for the last thirteen years in ‘Guantanamo Jail’ are released due to the benevolence of Allah Almighty and the sacrifices of the heroic and courageous Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate.
These five heads were released in the result of an indirect negotiation between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the United States mediated by Qatari government. They will remain with their families inside Qatar and will lead a normal life.
To get the preceding five heads released, it is worth mentioning that the Islamic Emirate handed over the American soldier to the US who was captive with us approximately for the last five years.
These five heads of the Islamic Emirate were handed over on Saturday at 07:00 pm Afghanistan standard time to the delegation of Qatar who has been waiting there in ‘Guantanamo Bay’ for the previous three days. This delegation, including five heads of the Islamic Emirate, left Guantanamo at 10:00 pm and will arrive in Qatar today Sunday. They will be received and welcomed by the Political Bureau of the Islamic Emirate inside Qatar and members of the leading council of the Islamic Emirate. Similarly, the American prisoner ‘Bergdahl’ was handed over in the suburbs of ‘Khost’ province to the other side on Saturday at 07:00 pm Afghanistan standard time.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been taking all possible measures since long to get all the Afghan prisoners released whether they are incarcerated inside the country or outside and to let them enjoy a free and peaceful life.
In the future too, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is determined to get all the Mujahidin prisoners released as soon as possible. In this regard, we expect all the legal and human rights societies particularly the United Nations to share and accelerate their efforts with Afghan people and the Islamic Emirate on the basis of human sympathy so that all the incarcerated people are freed and their basic legal and human rights are safeguarded and they could lead an independent and peaceful life of their own accord.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
“Felicitation message of esteemed Amir-ul-Momineen (May Allah safeguard him) regarding the release of Jihadi heads from ‘Guantanamo Jail’ “ (screen capture at non-terrorist site here)
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 08:31
I would like to congratulate from the core of my heart the whole Afghan nation, the devoted Mujahidin and the kith and kin of the prisoners on the auspicious occasion of this great achievement of the release of five distinguished Mujahidin heads from the ‘Guantanamo Jail’.
All praise is to Allah Almighty! Due to the benevolence of Allah Almighty, the enormous sacrifices of courageous Mujahidin and the statesmanship of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Emirate in Qatar, five prominent heads of the Islamic Emirate are soundly released from the ‘Guantanamo Jail’.
This huge and vivid triumph requires from all Mujahidin to offer thanks to the Benevolent Creator who accepted the sincere sacrifices of our Mujahid nation and managed the release of these five renowned Mujahidin from the enemy’s clutch.
The efforts and endeavors of all Mujahidin, leading council of the Islamic Emirate, the detainers and keepers of the American prisoner ‘Bergdahl’ and generally the whole nation which played a significant role in this colossal victory are appreciated and I beg even deeper divine help, guidance and favorable turn of circumstances for all of them.
I would like to thank his highness ‘Shaikh Tameem Bin Hamd Al-Thani’ the Amir of Qatar, for his sincere and friendly efforts and mediation in the release of these five prominent Mujahidin heads. I pray to Allah Almighty to reward him reciprocally in this world and in the world hereafter.
May Allah Almighty get, just like these five heads, all those oppressed prisoners released who are incarcerated in the path of liberating their country and serving their creed.
This huge accomplishment brings the glad tidings of liberation of the whole country and reassures us that our aspirations are on the verge of fulfillment, Insha-Allah.
And it is never hard for Allah Almighty.
Servant of Islam, Mulla Mohammad Omar Mujahid
03/07/1435 A.H. (Lunar)
11/03/1393 A.H. (Solar) 01/06/2014 A.D.
“The release of prominent heads brings the glad tidings of the absolute freedom of our homeland!” (screen capture at non-terrorist site here)
Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 09:06
Five significant and distinguished heads of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan were swapped for a an American prisoner, Bowe Bargdahl, on 31st May 2014 and just one day later, on 1st June 2014, at 03:00 pm Afghanistan standard time, these renowned heads of the Islamic Emirate arrived at ‘Doha’ the capital of Qatar where they were warmly received by the head of Political Bureau and its members. Verily it is a huge achievement.
It was an impressive and remarkable occasion when the officials of the Islamic Emirate were welcoming their significant and commendable heads namely Mulla Mohammad Fazil (commander in-chief of the Islamic Emirate government), Mulla Noorulla Noori (in-charge of northern zone and governor of Balkh province), Mulla Khairulla Khairkhuwa (interior minister then in-charge of south-western zone and governor of Herat province), Mulla Abdul Haq Waseeq (deputy director general of Intelligence department) and Mulla Mohammad Nabi Omari (commander of frontiers’ brigade) having been outside their nearest and dearest and beloved country for a prolonged period of thirteen years. They were bright to sight and heart’s delight.
Verily it was a remarkable occasion of delight which conveyed the glad tidings of the absolute freedom of Afghanistan. It was a tangible outcome of the sincere sacrifices of Martyrs and Mujahidin which were honestly rendered in the path of Allah Almighty and in the service of Islam. It was an explicit favor and benevolence of Allah Almighty; it was a great victory for Mujahidin who sacrificed their lives for making it feasible; it was the logical outcome of guidance of the leadership of Islamic Emirate and the endeavors of its Political Bureau inside Qatar.
Verily, by the grace of Allah Almighty, it has been a historical glory that they have preserved their patience, faithfulness and determination. With the support of Allah Almighty, peace stability and an Islamic government will be restored inside Afghanistan in the near future in which the masses will be served in all walks of their lives i.e. socially, economically and educationally.
The felicitation message of the esteemed Amir-ul-Mominin (may Allah safeguard him) contains explicitly allusion to the success of this Jihadi caravan. It seems that his Excellency is fully confident that the issues and sufferings of the oppressed people of Afghanistan will be resolved in the near future. A part of his message says that this significant achievement gives us the glad tidings of liberation of the whole country. It encourages us that, Insha-Allah, (God willing) the aspirations of the Mujahid people of Afghanistan will be fulfilled very soon. And it is never hard for Allah Almighty!!!
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