Posts Tagged ‘ANA’
- More troops headed downrange for next rotation in Afghanistan – this from David Pugliese’s Defence Watch: “Another group of 120 Valcartier-based soldiers will deploy this Monday to take part in the 10th Rotation of OPERATION ATHENA, in Afghanistan. This flight is the 7th since the beginning of the deployment on November 3, according to the Canadian Forces.”
- Reporter Ian Elliot raises a good question in this from the Kingston-Whig Standard: “As the Canadian Forces abandon the desert base that was their staging area into Afghanistan, they are bringing back one of the most important items there. The centrepiece of Camp Mirage was a subdued but elegant cairn in the centre of the camp, outside the mess. On it were plaques commemorating each of the 152 Canadian soldiers who have died in the war, including three who grew up in this area. The granite monument at Al Minhad Air Base, surrounded by carefully tended green grass that was an anomaly in the desert, is on its way home. “It will be reinstalled in Canada, but we haven’t selected a location for that yet,” Capt. Jennifer Kellerman of the Canadian Expeditionary Force command confirmed Friday …. She vowed that it won’t just be put into storage somewhere. “The decision on where it will go here in Canada will probably be made at the level of the chief of defence staff,” she said ….” A bit of debate/discussion on possible options here at an Army.ca forum.
- According to the Canadian Press, former Chief of Defence Staff Rick Hillier, “says until he knows more about the (extended Afghan) training mission, he doesn’t want to comment on the decision. But he told reporters in Calgary that it is clear that the Afghan security forces are not ready, and that another three or four years of training would help prepare them for the job ahead ….”
- Former U.K. PM Tony Blair’s take on Canada extending its stay in Afghanistan to train Afghan security forces, via the Canadian Press: “(Canadians are) hugely respected there …. It’s a decision for Canada to take. It’s absolutely got the right to do what it wishes to do in respect to this …. My view about the broader question of extremism, though, is that this extremist security threat is still absolutely a threat we face.”
- Toronto Star columnist James Travers sees the mission extension as both a flip-flop and a double-tactical win for the Prime Minister: “…. (Harper) neutralized any Liberal advantage in outflanking Conservatives on a post-combat Afghanistan policy and then widened the all-important fissure to his party’s ideological left. Best of all for Harper, the consequences of Canada’s hastily recalibrated Afghanistan position won’t be known until after the next federal election ….”
- Political columnist Chantal Hebert on how the news of Canada’s new mission oozed out of Ottawa, via the Halifax Chronicle-Herald: “…. The sight of an unelected partisan staffer apprising Canadians of their government’s thinking on a top-of-mind defence and foreign policy issue that involves committing hundreds of Canadian men and women to a war theatre for an extra three years was unprecedented. The power of the PMO has been in ascendancy at the expense of the federal cabinet for a number of decades, but that evolution has rarely been as blatantly obvious as over the past two weeks ….”
- Canadian military analyst Mercedes Stephenson calls the decision to stay and train “the right one” via QMI/Sun Media: “…. Canada has spilled too much blood and invested too many resources in trying to create a stable and secure Afghanistan to walk away because of a rubber-stamped date set in a far off capital ….”
- So, where exactly will Canadian troops end up training Afghan soldiers and cops? The government says they’re still sorting that stuff out, but some media coverage (like QMI/Sun Media) hints it could be done out of Kabul, while others (like Postmedia News) say the opposite – this, from Canada’s senior officer in the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan headquarters: “The need for training is national …. It doesn’t matter where they go. It’s the same mission with the same force protection. The training centres are all over the country because that is where the trainees are.” Everywhere but Kandahar, if the government wants to stick to the letter of the March 2008 resolution.
- Blog Watch: The Peace, Order and Good Government, eh? blog wonders who Canadian troops will be training in Afghanistan: “…. And I find it more than a little interesting that (NATO) is in much greater need of trainers for the ANP (Afghan National Police) than for the ANA (Afghan National Army). Canadian troops may well be terrific at training army recruits but does that make them good at training police officers? Though the answer wouldn’t change my own lack of enthusiasm for the project, the question seems worth asking.”
- Taliban Propaganda Watch: Attacks alleged across Kandahar.
- Two messages from the Taliban, according to one analyst speaking to Reuters, as NATO leaders prepare to meet at a summit in Lisbon this week: “From one side, the Taliban would like to show that the United States could not defeat them militarily in the past nine years and from other side want to introduce themselves as an acceptable political force, too”.
- Canada’s Governor General and Commander-in-Chief David Johnston is back from his first visit to Afghanistan. - more on that from Postmedia News and the Canadian Press.
- According to QMI/Sun Media: “Five previously unnamed lakes in northeastern Manitoba now bear the names of some of the province’s fallen sons. Pte. Lane Watkins, Cpl. James Arnal, Cpl. Michael Seggie, Sapper Sean Greenfield and Trooper Corey Hayes (links to entries in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial) were honoured by the Manitoba government during a ceremony at the legislature Thursday where it was announced small lakes northwest of Utik Lake, located about 50 kilometres north of Oxford House, will forever bear the names of the fallen soldiers …. The families of Watkins, Arnal, Seggie and Greenfield attended the ceremony and were presented with plaques by Premier Greg Selinger. Hayes will be honoured at a separate ceremony at a later date as his family was unable to attend Thursday …. “ More from the Winnipeg Free Press here and CTV Winnipeg here – Manitoba’s news release here. One of the parents, though, is quoted saying “standing in line behind an NHL hockey player takes the lustre off the honour”.
- The Toronto Star looks over a statistical snapshot of Canadians wounded more than two years ago: “Gun shot wounds, buried bombs, vehicle rollovers, rocket attacks and suicide bombers. For seven months in 2008 — from March to September — those were just a few of the battlefield traumas suffered by Canadian troops as they tangled with insurgents. They are the very incidents that the military has tried to keep out of the public eye with its decision to keep details on wounded soldiers under wraps. The policy of releasing the number of injured soldiers only once a year — on Dec. 31 — has obscured the intensity of fight facing Canadian soldiers, as well as the nature of the sometimes life-altering injuries. It has also given Canadians back home a mental buffer against the numbing realities of war — soldiers who fight hard also get hurt ….”
- Going into more detail, the Toronto Star also shares the ongoing story of a Sudbury reservist, Bill Kerr, as he learns to live without his legs and one arm: “Cpl. Billy Kerr has a burning sensation in his heel and on the last two toes on his right foot. “I look down and I want to scratch them,” he says. “I feel it.” He can’t scratch them. He doesn’t have heels. Or toes. On the morning of Oct. 15, 2008, he stepped inside a mud compound in Afghanistan shortly before noon and a bomb ripped off his legs above the knee and his left arm a few inches below his elbow. Kerr, Canada’s only triple amputee to return from Afghanistan, remembers everything about that day ….”
- More on Canada leaving Camp Mirage in Dubai, via the Globe & Mail: “…. Military planners were given one month to vacate a base that was not only an operational hub, but one they had been counting for Canada’s withdrawal from Afghanistan next year. “It was a scramble,” chief of Defence staff General Walter Natynczyk said during a visit to Kandahar Airfield. “We had to move a lot of equipment over a month’s period of time.” Much of the logistical capacity has been transferred to an American base in Spangdahlem, Germany …. (and) the Canadian government was in the process of hammering out a memorandum of understanding with another country for use of an additional site ….” More on that from the Canadian Press. (P.S.: If you you believe the G&M’s anonymous “government source”, it wasn’t cheap, either.)
- How’s Canada’s withdrawal from Afghanistan going down in some quarters? Not well, according to Macleans.ca: “In private, American and British military officers have never hidden their disdain for the way Canada is handling this pullout. In February, a British general I was speaking with in Kabul called it “bad campaign work, and bad coalition work”. When I was back there in late September, I asked an American two-star general working at the IJC what they were going to do when Canada left. He sighed, then shrugged his shoulders ….” (Hat tip to Mark at unambig.com) First to pipe up on the record (politely), via the Canadian Press: Estonia.
- Some details about how Canadian troops are helping Afghan troops train, from the Canadian Forces information machine: “4th Company is just about ready for the big time. The artillery battery of Kandak 4, 1st Brigade, 205th (Hero) Corps, Afghan National Army (ANA), showed its stuff recently in a highly successful training shoot with live ammunition …. The soldiers of the Kandak 4 Artillery Mentor Team — Warrant Officer John Lannigan, WO Steph Meinert, Sergeant Steph Houde, Bombardier Matt McCron and (Lieutenant Joshua Barber) — have worked tirelessly for seven months with 4th Company ….”
- Russia to NATO: “Hey, whaddya doin’, driving the Taliban outta Kandahar into northern Afghanistan? You think we want THEM as neighbours again?”
- Taliban Propaganda Watch: Usual list o’ alleged attacks in Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul, plus a
pack o’ liesinterview with an alleged Taliban commander in Arghandab.
- Canada’s Special Operations Command (CANSOFCOM) has a new (and first-ever) Colonel Commandant, according to this CF news release.
- Well done to VIA Rail, which is offering discounted rail travel year-round to “Forces’ members and veterans who qualify” – waiting to hear back from VIA regarding what kind of proof you need of former military service to get the discount.
Enjoy your weekend!
NOTE: This material is from web pages and forums carrying statements attributed to the Taliban, Taliban spokespersons or supporters of the Taliban, or analysis thereof. Posting of this material neither confirms nor endorses any of its content – it is shared for information only. When material translated into English is not available, Google Translate is used to translate the original – this is only a machine translation, NOT an official one.
Claims of attacks across RC-South, from “Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan military operations against the kafirs, munafiqs and the worshippers of Idols,” accessed 31 May 10
7 Americans killed as US helicopter shot down in Kandahar amid operation al-Fath
Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate during the major countrywide operation al-Fath shot down a US helicopter in Kandahar’s Zhari district on Saturday noon (May 30). According to the report, the helicopter was set on fire right after it was shot and fell on the ground moments later, killing about 7 US terrorists and crew members aboard, Mujahideen official said. Similarly, a US helicopter got shot down in Helmand’s Nad Ali district, while the enemy described the cause of the helicopter crash as quick landing. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid
Agent of NDS, spy agency killed in Kandahar
Akhtar Muhammad, working as a second lieutenant in National Directorate of Security (NDS) a local agency of US-NATO terrorists got killed in a guerrilla by Mujahideen while walking in a street in Kandahar yesterday (May 30). Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
Mujahideen missiles strike Kandahar airbase
One missiles struck the Kandahar airfield yesterday night (May 29), causing the enemy fatal losses but there are no further details on the extent of the death or injuries toll. In fact, at least 13 foreign terrorists were killed last week in the missile strikes targeting the same airbase, in which the workshop of the helicopter got badly damaged. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
US-NATO logistical convoy comes under attack in Kandahar
About four terrorists were killed and several hurt Sunday morning when their logistical convoy come under attack in Zhari district of Kandahar. The report adds two of their logistical truck destroyed in Mujahideen rockets. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
6 terrorists of ANA killed in Kandahar
On later Saturday (May 29), a blast in Arghandab district of Kandahar hit and destroyed one of the enemy’s military vehicles killing about 4 terrorists with wounding another two. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
Two enemy’s vehicles eliminated in Kandahar
As many as 11 terrorists of US minion ANA took losses of life and injuries Sunday (May 30) as two vehicles of ANA While traveling in convoy got hit and destroyed as a result of Mujahideen planted landmine blasts in Arghandab district of Kandahar. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
Three logistical vehicles destroyed in Kandahar
In the province’s Zhari district, three logistical vehicles of the enemy got destroyed as the convoy of the vehicles carrying logistical supplies for US-NATO terrorists came under attack by Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate on Sunday (May 31). Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
Mujahideen clash US-NATO terrorists in Kandahar
Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an clash with the foreign invaders in Kandahar’s Khinjak district, caused the enemy deadly losses on Saturday, while there are no further details on the death and injury toll of the enemy. No Mujahids have been harmed during the daylong fighting. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
5 Britons killed 6 hurt as British tank blown up in Helmand
A Mujahideen homemade bomb in the province’s Sangin district blew apart a British military tank on Sunday (May 30), killing about 5 British terrorists and crew members with hurting 6 more, according to the report from Helmand. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
IED explosion kills four terrorists in Helmand
Four terrorists of internal puppet army got killed in bombings Sunday (May 30) in Nawa district of Helmand. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
American cowards suffer deadliest losses in Marjah
On Sunday afternoon (May 30), the dead bodies of the American terrorists and the wounded whose number is not clear, caused by a roadside bomb attack which targeted their military tank, were evacuated by US helicopter in the district of Marjah, Helmand, local Mujahideen said. In another news from Marajah, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in a face-to-face fighting with American cowardly terrorists, killed or wounded a dozen of US terrorists yesterday elsewhere in Marjah. Likewise, the other day, one American terrorists got killed and two wounded in and attack from Mujahideen in Marjah. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
Mujahideen kill 3 Americans in Helmand
One American terrorists was killed with three more injured on Sunday morning (May 30) as a US foot patrol came under Mujahideen attack in Nad Ali district of Helmand. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
British tank blown up in Helmand
Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an attack on the combat patrol of British terrorists yesterday night (May 30), destroyed one of their tanks besides causing them losses of life and injures in Helmand’s Sangin district. In another news from Helmand, Mujahideen destroyed a logistical truck this morning (May 30) in this district. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
Landmine in Zabul hits US tank
A roadside mine blast tore apart and destroyed a US armored tank on Sunday (May 30) killing all the Americans including their local translator in Shinki district of Zabul province, Mujahideen officials said. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
US military tank eliminated in Zabul
On Friday (May 29), a large number of the combined US and domestic terrorists while on an operation against Mujahideen in Zabul’s Shinki district had come under Mujahideen siege and was still under siege when one of their tanks Sunday evening (May 30) was on an attack mission against Mujahideen as it hit a roadside mine blast and destroyed with all its terrorists killed in the area. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
Mujahideen kill 3 US terrorists, wound 3 in Zabul
About 3 American terrorists were killed and another 3 were injured on Saturday (May 29), as a group of US terrorists were walking to their military base came under attack in Zabul Nowbahar district, whereas a Mujahid, too, got martyred during the exchange of fire. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf
US military tank hits roadside bomb in Nimroze
A Mujahideen homemade bomb blast tore apart a US tank in Dil Aram district of Nimroze, destroying the tank and killing all the American terrorists on Saturday, the report said, adding the wreckage of the struck tank still exists at the site today. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid
Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff has signed a letter to the editor regarding recent coverage of the issue – here it is, for the record:
“The Canadian Forces are made up of some of the most professional and courageous troops in the world, and Canadians have every reason to be proud of their hard work and efforts in protecting Afghans.
I wish to make it clear that, as the Chief of the Defence Staff, I hold myself and all members of the armed forces to the highest standard of professional conduct. Indeed, the legitimacy of the Canadian military derives from its embodiment of the values, beliefs and laws of the nation we defend. We conduct our operations in compliance with our international legal obligations.
Equally, we expect members of Afghanistan’s security forces to meet their legal obligations, both national and international. Canada’s military and police personnel in Afghanistan are mentoring their Afghan counterparts about the importance of professional conduct, including compliance with the rule of law.
Only by demonstrating the highest standards of conduct will the Afghan security forces earn the trust of the Afghan people. While the responsibility for complying with their national and international legal obligations rests with the Afghans, I expect members of the Canadian Forces to bring breaches of the law by Afghan security forces to the attention of the appropriate authorities.
Once the Board of Inquiry referred to by Mr. Pugliese is completed, its findings and recommendations will be thoroughly reviewed and appropriate action taken.
I have every confidence that the members of the Canadian Forces, in the face of a very challenging security environment, are performing their very best to uphold our values.
General W.J. Natynczyk
Chief of the Defence Staff”
Abu Muqawama is kind enough to share the latest Counterinsurgency Guidance released by ISAF boss General Stan McChrystal.
AM raises an interesting point regarding the relationship between ISAF forces and the Afghan military and police forces being trained:
“One thing that jumped out at me as being particularly important is the emphasis on partnering with the Afghan National Security Forces. Partnering is not the same thing as mentoring. Partnering means that you pair units together and do everything together: live, eat, train, plan, operate. This is a big change from the way we have engaged with the ANSF in the past and will require a shift in thought and deed among ISAF units and their commanders.”
I’m happy to hear from those who’ve been there, done that, but to me, that DOES sound like a lot larger committment of time/effort.
My own read of the Guidance: a short (seven page), plain text, easy-to-understand document anyone, military or civilian, should be able to absorb.