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Screen capture of both statements below (PDF) downloadable at non-terrorist site here
Sunday, 23 Jamadil Awal 1433
Sunday, 15 April 2012 11:49
AFGHANISTA, Apr. 15 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate launched a simultaneous large-scale attack against the invading forces in Kabul, Paktia, Nangarhar and Logar, Mujahideen said on Sunday, adding the heavy fighting is ongoing in the certain strategic areas of the four provinces. He further said that Mujahideen positioned themselves at the rooftop of tall building in the area Known Charahi Zanbaq in the heart of Kabul city, targeting the US-NATO invaders, whereas there is heavy fighting in the other provinces at the same time. This is the news updates check back soon as soon for further details.
Sunday, 23 Jamadil Awal 1433
Sunday, 15 April 2012 17:36
Latest news: Presidential palace, British Embassy and other strategic points under attack as heavy fighting ongoing
KABUL, Apr. 15 – The recent reports from Kabul city say that martyrdom-seeking combatants of Islamic Emirate have taken different military and diplomatic points and buildings under attack in Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul city, targeting British and German embassies, Afghan parliament, Star and Serena Hotels and ISAF headquarter simultaneously.
Several other important military and diplomatic points including Presidential place, military bases of ISAF and other government buildings are under attack in Dar-ul-Aman, Wazir Akbar Khan and other strategic areas in the heart of Kabul city, Afghan capital. The explosions and gunfire have shaken the city, with Mujahideen keeping conducting bomb attacks, direct shooting and rocket attacks on the targets.
Similarly, Mujahideen have attacked several military posts and bases of the puppets and ISAF near Pol-e-Charki Jail and heavy fighting is under way in the entire Kabul city. There is a state of confusion and the wave of attacks appear to have engulfed the entire city and the panicky people are running about in fear and uncertainty.
More updates on Paktia, Logar and Jalalabad:
There reports that Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in ongoing countrywide operation,
staking out positions in high points and tall buildings, have taken US-NATO invaders and their puppets military bases and posts together with, the department of miming and industry, department of NDS,(local spy agency) and Governor house under target, killing more than 6 enemy soldiers and wounding several dozen besides destroying military vehicles in the capital of Logar province.
The reports add that a number of martyrdom-seeking Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate stormed the military Airfield, Police headquarter, and several other government buildings in Gadez city, the capital of Paktia province and flames are rising from several points and a bloody fighting is in progress in both Logar and Paktia provinces at the same time.
Separately, martyrdom-seeking Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate attacked the US-NATO bases and the US PRT base in Jalalabad city. Mujahideen, firstly, conducted car bomb attack on the PRT base, letting a number of Mujahideen combatants in where the Mujahideen fighters opened fire on the invaders inside and conducted yet more martyr attacks which flattened the base facility; the airbase of Jalalabad has come under attack during the fighting.
More updates will be available when more is known.
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Thursday, 23 February 2012 13:27
Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding the demonstrations of the Afghan Mujahid nation in reaction to the desecration of the Holy Quran by the American invaders
Last Tuesday night, the American invaders continued their barbaric acts and once again raised their hands in blasphemy against the sacred book
of the Muslims (Holy Quran) by disrespectfully throwing hundreds of its blessed copies into the fire in Bagram military base. The zealous and faithful people of Afghanistan, in defense of their sacred book and in response to the savage actions of the American crusaders took to the streets and have held heated protests throughout the country against the American occupiers for the past 2 days during which tens of them have been martyred.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, despite condemning the American perpetrators of this unforgiving crime in an official statement on the initial day, it once again deems the ruthless martyring of the defenseless protestors by the barbaric Americans and their despicable backers as inhumane, unethical and an unjustifiable action, against which it gives its Mujahideen and its honored nation the following guidance:
1. As the repeated desecration and burning of the Holy Quran of the Muslims at the hands of the Crusaders is the natural and deliberate act of these infidels, then as part of our defense of our sacred book, we should not be satisfied with mere protests and empty slogans but the military bases of the invaders, their military convoys and their troops should become a target of our courageous attacks. Kill them, beat them, take them as prisoners and teach them such a lesson that they never summon the courage to abuse the Holy Quran again.
2. The infidel American officials want to cool down the feelings of the Muslims in reaction to this reprehensible act with mere dramatic apology but in reality, give free hand to its barbaric soldiers to continue with their savagery. The Muslim Afghan nation must not be deceived by their superficial apologies and must continue seeking revenge until punishment is dished out with your hands to the perpetrators of this heinous crime for their despicable transgression.
3. That the protection of the blood and wealth of every Muslim is the duty of all Muslims according to Shariah and transgression against it is absolutely prohibited therefore the target of revenge of the protestors should only be the American occupiers, their facilities and properties and not those of the ordinary people.
4. The despicable backers of the invaders who have turned a blind eye towards the unforgiving crime of the infidels due to their cowardice and as defense of them, are halting the march of the protestors then they should be prosecuted for their actions before the Americans.
5. As the Holy Quran is the sacred book of all the entire Ummah therefore the Islamic Emirate calls on all the Muslims of the world, their governments and people, religious officials of the two sacred mosques and the religious centers of Darul Uloom Deoband and Al Azhar, as part of their religious obligation and fervor to take a united stand against the desecration of our common book by the American aggressors. Condemn their unforgivable crime both practically and verbally and back the legitimate struggle of the Muslim Afghans against them.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:17
It is common knowledge that our country is physically under the occupation of foreign invaders and during this decade of incursion, our countrymen have had to face numerous crimes and horrors. Similarly, our religious sanctums have repeatedly faced violations and blasphemy; our young generation is being pushed towards misguidance and ethical deviations under the slogan of ‘freedom’ and new doors of corruption are being flung open for them everyday; blind imitation of the western infidels is being encouraged in our cities and villages; the veil of modesty and dignity is being uplifted from our women under the slogans of ‘women rights’; our countrymen are being called towards the abrogated religion of Christianity and hundreds of other similar misfortunes have befallen every facet of our lives from the onset of the invasion which pushes us away from our religion and culture.
All of these things are the gifts brought to us by the accursed western invasion which is forcing it upon us under the name of democracy. In order to change this state of affairs, every single individual in our society must carry out their duty as it is an obligation binding on them both religiously and morally. A group from amongst the Afghan society which can play a very effective role in wearing down the foreign enemy is the youth who, under various flawed justifications have joined and are physically present in the ranks of the so called police, army and other security apparatus of the Kabul regime. This group, despite being extremely erroneous in their choice because with great regret, they are right now siding with the opposition against the vanguards of truth (Mujahideen) and have raised their weapons against their own people but there is also no doubt that in their midst, there are also the real sons of this nation who courageously stood up to the foreign invaders and butchered the murderers of thousands of our countrymen by paying the price with their heads. The consciousness, deeds, actions and intentions of these young men are completely worth decorating and the leader of Islamic Emirate and its Mujahideen also praise their valor.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on all the youth present in the security apparatus of the Kabul regime to fulfill their religious and national duty, to repent for their past sins and to record their names with gold in the history books of Islam and Afghanistan by turning their guns on the foreign infidel invaders instead of their own people as part of their Islamic conscious, brotherhood and as part of their national honor in order to take revenge for the decade old oppression of our nation by the infidel occupiers and to record their names in the ranks of warriors of Islam. These youth must realize that this is there best opportunity of gaining success in both this world and in the hereafter. The Holy Prophet (SAW) says : “لایجتمع کافر وقاتله فی النار” -Those who kill an infidel shall not be put into hell fire with him meaning that the killing of a warring infidel earns one a place in Paradise. And similarly, such warriors are also honored and remembered as heroes amongst the people in their life time and after their death. Those courageous youth who intend to carry out such heroic strikes will be supported and given a lending hand in every way possible by the Islamic Emirate as part of its religious obligation.
Islamic Emirate gives guidance to all its officials to give all possible assistance to the families of those in the opposition rank who take steps against the invaders, to hold them in high esteem, welcome them as heroes and to introduce them to their leaders so they can be shown extra appreciation.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
- “A software program that could end much angry debate between injured soldiers and Veterans Affairs Canada has been stuck in the federal bureaucracy for over a year. Canada’s veterans watchdog has been pushing for the application to be made available online so former members of the military and RCMP can calculate their individual eligibility and accessibility to the department’s Byzantine series of programs. “We’re very active in trying to get Veterans Affairs Canada to modernize its ways, if you wish,” Guy Parent, the veterans ombudsman, said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press. (….) Having better information at their fingertips could only help those who approach the department, said Parent. “It is a fantastic piece of work that helps identify a veteran — or the family of a veteran — by service, and it can lead you right to the programs, benefits that are accessible to them.” The software program, developed by two officials in ombudsman’s office, was originally intended for agency staff so they could quickly determine whether a complainant had a case and where they fit in to the system. It is similar in complexity to online applications long in use by banks and insurance companies. After going through several revisions and updates through the years, the navigator program was handed over to the department in 2010 in the hope it would be put on the government’s website. But so far, it has been the subject only of a pilot program for the department’s internal use at a regional office in Winnipeg, and was recently made available to call-centre staff. The plan is to roll it out to the entire department early this year, said veterans affairs spokesman Simon Forsyth. Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney is said to be enthusiastic about its potential and wants to see it in the hands of the public, said Parent. Forsyth didn’t specify when that might happen and critics were skeptical whether it’ll ever go that far ….”
- “For another year, pharmacists, doctors, soldiers, pilots and teachers are the most trusted professions in Canada, according to a new poll. The top tier of the poll from Ipsos Reid, conducted exclusively for Postmedia News and Global News, remained unchanged from the previous year. It showed that 78 per cent of poll respondents said they trust pharmacists the most, followed by doctors (75 per cent), Canadian soldiers (74 per cent), airline pilots (73 per cent) and teachers (65 per cent.) Meanwhile, CEOs, municipal politicians, union leaders, national politicians and car salespeople were ranked in the bottom five out of 26 professions. The bottom portion of the list also remains unchanged from last year ….”
- Afghanistan (1) Taliban says it’s OK with setting up a storefront in Qatar as a prelude to peace negotiations (more from media here) ….
- Afghanistan (2) …. while still blowing up vehicles and killing people in Kandahar.
- Afghanistan (3) Where are they now? “Retired corporal Rob Furlong protected his American brothers by taking out a Taliban fighter from 2,430 metres away. Now the former sniper is protecting the streets of Alberta’s capital as a night beat cop. “I feel that on a much smaller scale, rather than being on the front lines in Afghanistan, I’m back at home, looking after the homefront, still dealing with bad people who bring ill will on innocents,” said the soft spoken Furlong, originally from Fogo Island, N.L. His dad, Cyril, is a marksman himself, and taught Rob how to shoot when he was a wee lad. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a child, and 14 years with the military and the police, I have always had a job where I look to help others.” Furlong is featured in a newly updated book, Ultimate Sniper, written by retired major John Plaster and published by Paladin Press, and appears in the documentary by the same name. Plaster is an icon in the sniper world, and among retired special forces in the U.S. military. “I carried the original book with me to Afghanistan and got Plaster to sign it,” Furlong said, looking at the book on his shelf ….”
- “The senior Canadian soldier serving in the restive Democratic Republic of Congo says it’s unclear whether the worst of the post-election violence in the country has passed. But Col. Rick Fawcett said it is clear that Canada has a role to play in helping the Central Africa country develop. Fawcett, 51, is head of a contingent of nine Canadian soldiers serving with a decade-old United Nations peacekeeping force. UN troops were instrumental in readying the country for its second-ever presidential and legislative elections in November. But Fawcett, who led the preparations, said the country itself wasn’t logistically prepared for the challenge. The Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world, with few roads, railways or other infrastructure available to move election materials from town to town. “The panic we went through the whole month of November just was unbelievable, what we had to do to make this happen,” Fawcett said in a telephone interview from Kinshasa. “History will determine if it happened good enough.” ….”
- F-35 Tug o’ War From south o’ the border: “Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is set this week to reveal his strategy that will guide the Pentagon in cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from its budget, and with it the Obama administration’s vision of the military that the United States needs to meet 21st-century threats, according to senior officials …. The chief target for weapons cuts is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, one of the most expensive weapons program in history. The Pentagon has plans to spend nearly $400 billion to buy 2,500 of the stealth jets through 2035, but reductions are expected. The debate centers on how necessary the advanced stealth fighter really is and whether missions could be carried out with the less expensive F-16s. The main advantage of the F-35 is its ability to evade radar systems, making it difficult to shoot down — an attribute that is important only if the United States anticipates a war with another technologically advanced military ….”
- “A major Canadian Muslim organization wants swift action against people who smashed windows at a mosque in Gatineau, Que., and tried to torch two cars in the parking lot. There were no injuries. The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations says Gatineau must investigate the attack as a hate crime. The organization says it is not the first time the mosque has been the target of vandals. The council says that attacks such as the early morning vandalism in Gatineau divide communities by stigmatizing visible minorities. It added, however, that it does not believe that the criminal action reflects the viewpoints of most Canadians ….”
- Canada’s Foreign Affairs department confirms it’s working on the “safe release” of a Canadian, Colin MacKenzie, in Afghanistan. The Taliban has issued a statement claiming a captured “Canadian national” is a spy, saying they’ll be releasing a video shortly. A bit more from the Canadian Press here, CBC.ca here, CTV.ca here, Agence France-Presse here and the BBC here.
- A couple of more versions of the Taliban’s “we have a Canadian spy” statement, in Arabic and Pashto (with a Google translation of the Arabic version) here.
- It appears, according to media accounts here and here, that the missing man, 1) has been missing for 3 months (with RCMP involvement since November), and 2) wanted to learn Pashto. In case one needs reminding, here’s DFAIT’s recommendations about touristing in Afghanistan: ” …. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel to Afghanistan. Canadians undertaking travel despite this warning take serious risks. Canadians already in Afghanistan should leave. The security situation remains extremely volatile and unpredictable ….”
- “A U.S. squadron will head to Kandahar’s Dand district next month in a move that will enable the Canadian military to start “saturating” the western neck of Panjwaii before the conclusion of combat operations, Canada’s top soldier in Afghanistan says. The 1st squadron of the 2nd Stryker Regiment will leave the Uruzgan province and take command of the Dand battle space in mid-March from the 1-71 Cavalry of 10th Mountain Division. The 500-member cavalry has been under the command of Task Force Kandahar, stationed alongside Canadian and Afghan forces in the relatively calm district since May. The 700-member Stryker squadron will fall under Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner’s command until the Canadian military mission ends in July. Two companies of soldiers will go to Dand and a third will be deployed to Panjwaii ….”
- A snapshot of Canadian mentoring work with Afghan troops: “A hint of irritation is evident in Capt. Eric Bouchard’s voice as he tries to figure out where his counterpart in the Afghan National Army is going. Canadian and Afghan forces have barely begun a two-day mission to search villages and fields in the central Panjwaii district, and already there’s confusion between the two groups. It seems the Afghan platoon commander paired with Bouchard has neglected to bring a proper map, and he’s leading his troops off the planned route. Bouchard’s first instinct is to tell him to get back on track, but he restrains himself. After all, this operation has been organized by the Afghans and Bouchard’s job is to mentor their soldiers, not lecture them. Showing respect is paramount. “Tell him the first objective is over that way,” Bouchard instructs his interpreter. “But … but, ask him where he wants to go.” Such interactions are common for Canadians serving in the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, also known as the OMLT or “omelette,” which provides on-the-job training for Afghan soldiers in the field ….”
- Taliban Propaganda Watch: More attacks alleged in Kandahar, Uruzgan.
- Wounded warrior preparing for run on artificial leg: “When army Sergeant Jamie MacIntyre joined Toronto’s annual run in support of St. John’s Rehab Hospital two years ago, he had a special reason for taking part: Among those getting a new lease on life from the widely acclaimed facility was his friend Master Corporal Jody Mitic, who’d lost both legs in 2007 in Afghanistan after stepping on a land mine. This year, Sgt. MacIntyre has a still better incentive for participating: Last June, two months into his second tour of Afghanistan, he too trod on a roadside bomb and his left foot was blown off. So when he does the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk on March 13, together with his wife and some military colleagues, this time he’ll be running with an artificial leg …”
- Operation GTFO Libya More details are coming to light about why Canadian planes had to leave empty from Libya last week. “…. MacKay said Sunday the two aircraft had arrived in the middle of the night and officials were having difficulty both identifying Canadians who were waiting at the airport and determining if they were allowed to leave the country. The planes had been given a limited amount of time to remain at the airport, so aircraft from other countries could land. “There was very little co-operation being extended to Canadians by officials at the airport,” MacKay told CTV’s Question Period in an interview from Halifax. “And so they were then told they had to leave because there were specific time slots that were being given to countries at that time.” ….”
- “Two more Canadian military planes are being dispatched to the eastern Mediterranean to help with the evacuation of Canadians in Libya. Defence Minister Peter MacKay tells CTV News’ Question Period the pair of Hercules transport aircraft were deployed and could be used to land in austere areas of Libya outside of the capital Tripoli. An estimated 100 Canadians are still trapped in the country, many of them believed to be oil workers. The British military, including members of its special forces, used a Hercules to fly under the Libyan radar and rescue 150 Britons and foreign nationals in a desert area. A spokesman for the prime minister said Stephen Harper was spending the day in briefings on the evolving situation in Libya ….” More on that from Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister here.
- Here’s what the PM had to say about what happens next with Libya: “…. Canada earlier today implemented the following binding sanctions contained in the Resolution:
- An arms embargo requiring all states to prevent the sale or supply of arms into Libya, or the export of arms from Libya;
- The inspection of cargo going into Libya;
- A travel ban on Muammar Qadhafi and 15 individuals closely associated with him; and
- An asset freeze against Muammar Qadhafi and members of his family….” More from the Canadian Press here.
- More news on the latest in Libya here (Google News), here (EMM News Brief: Libya), here (NewsNow), here (BBC) and here (Al Jazeera English).
- F-35 Tug o’ War “The fighter plane at the centre of one of Ottawa’s hottest political debates has taken its first test flight over the skies of Texas. The hour-long flight of the first production model of the Lockheed Martin F-35 II Lightning stealth fighter went off without a hitch, said test pilot Bill Gigliotti. “The aircraft was rock-solid from takeoff to landing, and successfully completed all the tests we put it through during the flight,” Gigliotti said. The flight was an important developmental milestone for the aircraft that Canada plans to begin using in 2016 to replace its aging CF-18 fleet ….”
International and local human rights groups working in Afghanistan have shifted their focus toward condemning abuses committed by the Taliban insurgents, rather than those attributed to the American military and its allies.
“NATO, in some cases they acknowledge their mistakes; to some extent they have taken positive steps in terms of reducing their impact,” said Ajmal Samadi, director of Afghanistan Rights Monitor. “On the insurgent side we don’t have any acknowledgment of the problem and instead we see a brazen continuation of their crimes.”
“We haven’t seen any change in the conduct of the Taliban since their code of conduct,” said Ahmad Nader Nadery, a commissioner of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. “To the contrary, we’ve seen an increase in roadside bombs and suicide attacks in places where there are civilian populations.”
“NATO, with the tactical directives, they’ve moved a long way,” said Rachel Reid, Human Rights Watch’s Afghanistan analyst. “It’s very possible to engage with them, even organizations like mine, they’ll meet with us and listen to our concerns.” “There is a real need for more pressure and open dialogue with insurgent forces for their violations of the laws of war,” she said.
Some of my previous ranting on this one:
- On civilian casualties, Taliban try to look like victims
- Who’s (Still) Killing the Majority of Civilians in AFG?
- Who’s Killing the Civvies in Afghanistan?
- Yet More on Who’s Killing Civilians in Afghanistan
- UN: Bad Guys Killed +2/3 of Civilian Casualties in 2009
Update: American Security Project fellow and Registan.net contributor Joshua Foust has this take on the NY Times coverage. This leads to me clarifying a bit: The NYT piece makes it look like the new development is human rights groups focusing on Taliban human rights issues. To me, it looks more like the groups have been pointing out the Taliban’s misdeeds for some time, with MSM not reporting in proportion to the source of the problem.
- Corporal Steve Martin, R22eR, R.I.P. He’s home. More here, here and here.
- The last gang returning from ROTO 10-1 expected to arrive in Petawawa on Xmas eve – better late than never.
- Louise Arbour, a former Canadian UN judge, UN human rights boss, and president/CEO of a security think tank, tells is straight when it comes to Afghanistan: “…. In the coming months, Canada and other NATO partners are likely to face a critical choice between supporting constitutional review or standing by silently as the Afghan government implodes. The alternative for Afghans is constitutional change – giving power back to the people rather than centring it in Kabul – or a return to full-scale civil war. After so many years of sacrifice on the battlefield and financial generosity at home, Canadians must recognize that their continued engagement in Afghanistan must rest not on wishful thinking but on a policy grounded in reality.”
- Someone in the translation contractor’s office has some ‘splainin’ to do…. “A company that supplies Afghan translators for Canada’s mission in Kandahar may have mistakenly raised the interpreters’ hopes of emigrating to Canada, according to a newly released document. A contingent of Canadian military and civilian officials say International Management Services, or IMS, told interpreters that their immigration papers were being considered — even though not every application was. The officials noted the finding in a report to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which they submitted in March after spending three weeks in Kandahar reviewing applications made under a special immigration program …. “Complications arose when (blank) contacted IMS, the prime contractor for many of the CF’s interpreters and other language assistants, to confirm employment records,” the report says. “(Blank) reported that IMS, staffed in Kandahar by local nationals, informed some program applicants that they were being considered. Given that the list submitted to IMS was only of individuals that were potentially eligible, this likely raised false expectations among applicants.” ….”
- Taliban Propaganda Watch: Taliban claims 6 Canadians killed on patrol in Zhari, but nothing in mainstream about such an incident.
- UN: Taliban causing more than 3 out of every 4 civilian casualties in Afghanistan lately (PDF, page 13). Taliban spokesperson: Lies! All Lies! Taliban web site: Lies! All Lies! (links to non-terrorist site)
- The UN’s senior official in Afghanistan speaks to the Security Council about how things are going in Afghanistan. What did he say? Depends on what you read.
- Year-end message from the head of Canada’s Expeditionary Force Command: LOTS of changes and work in 2010, but “We don’t know what’s coming next; we only know that the CF is ready, willing and capable of dealing with it when it does.
- Ottawa is extending the deadline for applying for compensation for illnesses linked to the use of Agent Orange and other plant killers at CFB Gagetown in the mid- to late-1960′s. “A New Brunswick widow who lost her husband to cancer six years ago is praising a decision by the federal government that will allow more people to qualify for Agent Orange payments. Bette Hudson, whose husband Ralph died of bone cancer after two decades in the military, said Wednesday that Ottawa finally got it right in loosening the rules on who can get a $20,000 ex gratia payout. Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn announced in Fredericton that the government is removing a controversial condition that required applicants to be alive on Feb. 6, 2006 — the date the federal Conservatives came to power. “It makes me feel as if my husband is worthy,” she said at the announcement, moments after Blackburn outlined the changes ….” Here’s the Veterans Affairs Canada news release and backgrounder, the Order in Council approving the change and a Canadian Forces page with various history and documents on the issue.
- Canada’s special forces are getting new vehicles (when there’s better ones to buy): “Canada’s special forces are holding off on buying new vehicles until technology catches up to its needs. The Ottawa-based Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) had been looking to replace its Humvee vehicles, now being used in Afghanistan by units such as Joint Task Force 2, but had to cut short its plans after the trucks being examined were determined not to meet various technical specifications. Industry sources say one company, U.S.-based Lockheed Martin, bid on the program, estimated to cost a little less than $80 million. The new vehicles were supposed to be acquired next year and were to be located with the Canadian Special Operations Regiment at Petawawa ….”
- More on Canada’s Communications Security Establishment moving into a brand, spanking new building right next to a brand spanking new building for the Department of National Defence (including a few details of a “private-public partnership” for building/running some of the buildings?). More on the usually-low key CSE here, including a letter to the editor from this week here explaining why they need bigger digs.
- Could possible cuts in US funding for their F-35 fighters increase the price of Canada’s proposed buy?
- Who do people responding to an online survey trust more, Canada’s government or Canada’s military? “Canadians have more trust and confidence in Canada’s armed forces than they do in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, according to a new study. The study, based on polling conducted by Leger Marketing for the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and released exclusively to iPolitics, found that 75.7 per cent of respondents had trust and confidence in the Canadian Forces to do a good job compared to only 54.1 per cent who trusted the federal government. While faith in both the Armed Forces and the federal government tended to rise with age, one of the sharpest divides was among English-speaking respondents — 80.3 per cent of whom trusted the military and 52.7 per cent of whom trusted the federal government ….”
- More end-of-year interview stories, this one from CBC.ca: “Defence Minister Peter MacKay is calling on the Afghan government to “pick up the slack” as the Canadian military hammers out the details and logistics of its new training mission in Afghanistan. As NATO allies continue to try to limit corruption and improve Afghanistan’s fledgling democracy and governance, the defence minister cited “incremental progress” in the country in 2010. “There are definitely improvements, tangible improvements that we can see, that we can point to,” MacKay told the CBC’s James Cudmore in a year-end interview. “And yet, all of it is tenuous as far as, will it last?” But MacKay insisted those gains translate into a “shifting of attitudes” among Afghans toward not only Canadian soldiers, but the tens of thousands of Afghan soldiers and police they are training ….”
- First, NORAD pimps Santa for some good exposure and PR (followed by Canada’s Air Force). Next: NAV CANADA, the agency that runs air traffic control at civilian airports, gets into the act. The latest to hop on the “let’s milk Santa for some attention” bandwagon? Canada’s Minister of Immigration: “Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today reaffirmed Santa Claus as a Canadian citizen during a special citizenship ceremony. “We wish Mr. Claus all the best in his Christmas Eve duties again this year,” said Minister Kenney. “And rest assured, as a Canadian citizen living in Canada’s North, he can re-enter Canada freely once his trip around the world is complete.” Santa was on hand to reaffirm his citizenship while 100 new citizens from 32 countries were sworn in ….”
- In other security news, scumbag anti-Semite who shared info on best way to kill Canadians is back online: “The resurrection of a website advocating the genocide of Jews and Canadians, founded by a Toronto extremist who is wanted by police, highlights the difficulties of policing the Internet, where public postings can be generated and disseminated from almost anywhere. The website was founded by Salman Hossain, 25, a Canadian extremist who fled Canada earlier this year during a police investigation into use of the Internet to promote terrorist violence in Canada. Police subsequently charged him with five hate crimes — two counts of advocating genocide and three counts of promoting hatred — but so far, have been unable to locate him. The site was shut down after the charges were laid. The National Post reported last month that the site had re-emerged on a U.S. free-speech server but was again shut down. This month, it found a new home, through Internet servers based in Switzerland ….” More details on who’s hosting the site now, and the Interpol notice for the chap in question here at Army.ca.