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Afghanistan: Photos of Combined Forces Command (Part I)
Many | Posted: December 5th, 2004

Posted on 12/05/2004 7:34:39 AM PST by M. Espinola

This is Part I in the photo-documentary series relating to the Combined Forces Command of the Afghan-anti-terrorist front.

As other photos are submitted we shall post them in the order they arrive. Naturally the more up to date photographs the better, but since the general public, in most cases, shall be viewing these pictures for the first time our emphasis, unlike to the left leaning mass-media, is to demonstrate there are indeed numerous countries deeply engaged in the counter-jihad wars, in this case being Afghanistan.

If you have additional photographs concerning Afghanistan coupled with brief story lines, with a date if possible, please send them to my 'mail' in Free Republic.

Action If anyone has ideas on graphic presentation or content, all suggestions are most welcome. If the media will not show the truth, we will! Count on it!

CHARIKAR, Afghanistan, December 4th, 2004 –– With a final score of 3-1, the Parwan youth soccer team recently defeated its coalition visitor, Team Eagle, at Parwan's home field in Charikar village. After 60 minutes of "futbol," the crowd of nearly 1,000 cheered and rushed onto the field to congratulate the home team on a solid victory.

Polish Cpl. Mariusz Kozak, a member of Team Eagle, scores a goal against the Parwan youth soccer Team. Photo by Spc. Chris Stump, USA CHARIKAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 4th, 2004

The color guard bears the flags of each nation represented in the match. 12-4-04, Photo by Spc. Chris Stump, USA

An Afghan player moves the ball past coalition defenders during the match. Photo by Spc. Chris Stump, USA

11/23/04 - Maj. Dan Hoben of the 367th Engineer Battalion, St. Cloud, Minn. is showing young Afghanistan children what they look like in his digital camera after taking their photograph while on a village assessment mission in the Alabala area of Afghanistan on Nov. 23th, 2004. Hoben joined other Soldiers assigned to the Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) who are assessing the progress being made on the monument that is being restored. The Soldiers assigned to the Parwan PRT at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan are persevering in the United States' ongoing war on terror in supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jerry T. Combes

11/23/04 - Afghanistan citizens work on the Bagram monument in the Alabala area of Afghanistan on Nov. 23, 2004. Soldiers assigned to the Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) are assessing the progress being made on the monument that is being restored.

Afghanistan Mountain Patrol.

Afghanistan Mountain Patrol.

ISAF soldiers with an Afghan, sheltering from the cold in one of blankets rushed to the area of the avalanche.

The Chinook landed right by the northern entrance to the Salang Tunnel.

More aid is unloaded from the Chinook, including jerry-cans of fuel, food & blankets.

Seeking Taliban or al-Qa'ida terrorists over Afghanistan.

German ISAF soldiers have been serving in Afghanistan since 2002.

German soldier in Provisional Reconstruction Team patrols a street near Taloqan in the Kunduz region in Feb. 2004.

Afghan Proverbs: Proverb: There is a path to the top of highest mountain. Meaning: Where there is a will there is a way.

Proverb: The first day you meet, you are friends. (yag roz didi dost) The next day you meet, you are brothers. (degare roz didi bridar) Meaning: Friendship grows into brotherhood.

Darulaman Palace Ruins

Darulaman Palace was designed for King Amanullah by a French architect in the 1920s. When he became king in 1923, Amanullah took vigorous steps to modernize Afghanistan. He was overthrown in 1929.

Morning Sadows: Band-i-Haibat, Band-i-Amir, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan, October 2003, 35mm Nikon F100, Nikkor lens, ©Luke Powell, 2004.

The New Zealand contingent mustered after the service

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11/22/04 - Spc. Amy Popke, with the Surgeon Cell of Task Force Victory, administers medicine to baby sheep during a Veterinarian Cooperative Medical Assistance visti in the Paktika Province of Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2004. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Abney) (Released)

Greetings from 3 Troop (Canada) Corporal Alex DiBlasio 29 November 2004

Greetings to all Canadians and fellow Strathcona’s.

Bravo Company (B Coy), First Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI) Task Force Kabul (TFK) in Afghanistan. 8-04

Newly arrived Edmonton, Alberta based soldiers stand in front of the Canadian Forces CC-130 Hercules, from the Tactical Airlift Unit, that flew them into the Kabul International Airport for the start of their respective tours of duty with Rotation 2. 8-04

Brigadier-General Walter Spindler, Commander of the Kabul Multi-National Brigade (KMNB), talks with Sergeant Joseph Hennick, the Quarter Guard Commander from the National Support Element (NSE), at Camp Julien, Kabul, Afghanistan. 8-04

Belgian ISAF soldier is surrounded by Afghan children.

Afghan children with their vehicle.

American troops at a Afghan school greeting small pupils.

German soldiers on their way by horseback to Tawa Tash.

British CDS, Gen. Sir Michael Walker in Kabul

COM ISAF in front of the new police station in Mazar-e-Sharif.

German soldiers of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; alliedtroops; antijihad; coalitionforces

ISAF German Door Gunner at Kabul Airport.

The above photograph has been nominated as the "2003 Photo of the Year", by the staff of Chinook-Helicopter.com In 2003, Australian CH-47D Chinooks did their part to help root out the bad guys and bring peace and order to the indigenous inhabitants of the Middle Eastern Theater. Above, A15-106 is shown practicing pinnacle landings.

Australian CH-47D Chinook A15-103 transported by U.S. Air Force Reserve C-5 Galaxy Cargo Aircraft

A British Royal Air Force (RAF) crew unloads aid from an RAF Chinook helicopter at Nahrin, in northern Afghanistan

British Marine Commandos walk off an RAF Chinook helicopter after going through landing zone drills at Bagram Air Base.

British Royal Marines prepare to board an RAF helicopter at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

Canadian troops return to Bagram Air Base.

U.S. Army soldiers on patrol Bagram Airbase, north of Kabul.

Sgt. Craig Reid of the Third Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group applies camouflage paint prior to embarking on a US Army Chinook helicopter for Operation Cherokee Sky in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

A U.S. Army soldier of the 82nd Airborne Division, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, secures the perimeter.

PFC Michael Braun, left, the Tail Gunner and SGT Andrew Lau, the Flight Engineer, from Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) aboard a CH-47D Chinook Helicopter en route back from the Paktia province to Kandahar.

He wants to fly for free.

He is slightly ticked off there are no free rides, outside or in the cabin.

Cobra free, but cave dwelling Islamic terrorists still lurk out there.

Osama will not be flying anywhere in this! An Afghan MiG-21 wreck is lifted out of Bagram Air Base via 86-01649, a CH-47D helicopter belonging to B Company - "Hercules", 159th Aviation Battalion, from Hunter Army Airfield, located at Fort Stewart, Georgia. B Company is part of the 18th Airborne Division, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. [2002, exact date unknown].

Afghans and U.S. Military Police take cover as a U.S. Chinook helicopter takes-off in Aroki village, Kapisa province, northeast of Kabul, in Afghanistan Tuesday, 21 January 2003. U.S. troops visited the area to extend health services to villagers as a way of fostering good relations with Afghans.

A Charlie Company - "Flippers", 159th Aviation Regiment, CH-47D Chinook - from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, sits on the tarmac at Bagram Air Base at sunset sometime in February 2003.

Soldiers quickly march to the ramp of 87-00097, a CH-47D Chinook helicopter belonging to the Army National Guard based in Connecticut, that will return them to Kandahar Army Air Field. The soldiers were searching for Taliban fighters and illegal weapons caches. The soldiers are assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division.

91-00264, a CH-47D, lands on the roof of a house in Afghanistan to pick up suspects during Operation Mountain Resolve, approximately November 2003.

Rear view.

7 January 2004: A CH-47D Chinook helicopter, escorted by an AH-64 Apache, flies through a snow covered mountain range in Afghanistan. It carries vital cargo and personnel to a Coalition facility. U.S. Army aviation assets are playing a key role in the "Global War Against Terrorism".

19 February 2004: A crew chief conducts an in-flight check in a CH-47D Chinook helicopter on a flight from Jalalabad in Afghanistan. The soldier is assigned to C Company - "Flippers", 159th Aviation Regiment, home-based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

March 25, 2004: A CH-47D Chinook door gunner looks out from his Chinook helicopter over the mountains of Khost Province in southeast Afghanistan. The U.S. military opened a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Khost to try to provide security and further reconstruction aid.

7 April 2004: Soldiers aboard a CH-47D Chinook helicopter land to refuel on a firebase at Orgun-E, Afghanistan. Army aviation assets are playing a critical role in helping U.S. Soldiers and Coalition forces destroy remnants of the Taliban regime and the Al Qaeda terrorist network during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

19 July 2004: An infantryman connects a humvee to a CH-47D Chinook helicopter during an operation in the Argandab Valley of south central Afghanistan. The Soldier is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, and the helicopters are operated by crews of Company F, 131st Aviation Regiment.

29 July 2004: Soldiers prepare to sling-load a vehicle via a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during an operation near Bagram, Afghanistan. The Soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, supporting the Joint Logistics Command during Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook with one of the Big Ships of World War Two:

Maj. William Morales, Combined Task Force Coyote engineer, center, honors the national anthem while standing in formation during a wartime service patch ceremony at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Nov. 11th, 2004.

Capt. Fabian Grabski reviews sewage system plans as Maj. Darren Guttmann draws up water distribution designs on his laptop computer Nov. 11th, 2004.

2004-08-23 Members of the Lord Strathcona´s Horse (Royal Canadians), embarking on a Turkish Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Camp Julien, Afghanistan to practice helicopter operations.

Street scene in Kabul: the author and a Canadian sergeant with local Afghan forces.

Master-Corporal Marc Chabot is proud to have raised more than $1,500 for Operation Enfant Soleil . He works with the Kabul Multinational Brigade Signal Squadron.

Master-Corporal Marc Chabot rides his unicycle and sweats to raise money for Operation Enfant Soleil on Camp Warehouse, home of the Canadian-led Kabul Multinational Brigade Headquarters.

The day was warm as the sun shone brightly on Camp Julien this 11th of November 2004. Soldiers of all ranks were on the annual Remembrance Day parade from Task Force Kabul.

12-04-04 Afghan troops on patrol. (sometimes one has to wonder how many are good guys and how many are bad guys?)

Cheney will attend Karzai inauguration on Tuesday, December 7th, 2004. Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan's first directly elected president.

12-4-04 American troops watching out for the jihadist enemy in Afghanistan.

The Folori Valley is a side valley that joins the main Bamiyan Valley, running south and west. Folari Valley, near Bamiyan, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan, June 2003, (LP18.309.08).

The people of the land. A girl in the Folari Valley, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan, June 2003, (LP18.310.01).

The land. National Park, but the declaration was never published, and therefore never became law. There are six lakes, and this one is the largest, Band-i-Zulfiqar (Dam of the Sword of Ali).Band-i-Zulfiqar, Band-i-Amir, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan, October 2003, 35mm Nikon F100, Nikkor lens, ©Luke Powell, 2004. (LP19.324.05)

The land time forgot. Harvest with Clouds Band-i-Amir, Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan, October 2003, 35mm Nikon F100, Nikkor lens, ©Luke Powell, 2004. (LP19.318.05)

Near the top of the world. Bamiyan Road This is the road from the bazaar and the cliff face to the area of buildings where UNOCHA had its offices, toward the airport. Bamiyan, Afghanistan, December 2001, Nikon 35 mm, fixed lens, ©Luke Powell, 2002, (LP18.016.01).

Volleyball is more often seen in Afghanistan than soccer. It is much easier to make a smooth, somewhat level place to play volleyball.

Medical team.

Army Pvt. 1st Class Kevin Harvel stands in the turret of his olive Humvee, flanked by his M240B machine gun and his laser rangefinder on a bluff deep within enemy territory.

A door gunner on a Chinook looks out over Helmand province, Afghanistan on a return flight to Kandahar Air Base.

A U.S. soldier, left, assists an Italian counterpart in carrying ammunition cases out of a Chinook helicopter before a ceremony where U.S. troops handed over control of Camp Salerno, near Khost, Afghanistan, to Italian troops on Saturday, 15 March 2003. The Italian troops could face combat with an enemy for the first time since World War II, their commander said.

In Afghanistan, some of the boys from Charlie Company, 7th Battalion, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, pose in a home shot next to CH-47D Chinook 87-00096 for the folks back in the U.S. - March 2003.

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Task Force members escort an Afghan detainee aboard a CH-47D Chinook helicopter as part of Operation Resolute Strike in Sangin, Afghanistan.

15 September 2003: A soldier pulls security as a CH-47D Chinook helicopter lands. The helicopter is transporting detainees apprehended during a raid on a suspected terrorist camp in southwest Iraq. The soldier is assigned to the 101st Pathfinder Company, 101st Airborne Division.

The main road from Kabul to the Khyber Pass runs between ISAF’s Kabul Multinational Brigade Headquarters (right) and the training facility run by the US Army for the Afghan National Army (left).

Beating back the jihadist enemy on all fronts!

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, commander of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan, speaks during the opening of the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghazni, Afghanistan, March 4th, 2004. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Kaufmann

Soldiers from the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team, based in Ghazni, Afghanistan, raise the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony for the new team,

2004-08-20 Corporal Mark Brandon, of the National Support Element Transport Platoon, drives a Bison armoured vehicle within Camp Julien, Kabul, Afghanistan

2004-08-12 Master Corporal Marc Lavoie, crew commander, and driver Corporal John Adams, both from the National Support Element Transport Platoon, move their Bison armoured vehicle along the ramp at the Kabul International Airport to meet an incoming Canadian Forces CC-130 Hercules aircraft.

Canadian troops march past the Canadian and American flags after landing at Kandahar Airport.

2004-08-13 Master Corporal Marc Lavoie, crew commander, and driver Corporal John Adams, both from the National Support Element Transport Platoon, move their Bison armoured vehicle along the ramp at the Kabul International Airport to meet an incoming Canadian Forces CC-130 Hercules aircraft.

Tornado F3 fighters refuel from an RAF VC-10

French instructor of Afghani troops

French officer instructs Afghani troops

La formation de cette nouvelle armée est dispensée en étroite et constante liaison avec le gouvernement afghan, cette dernière prenant en charge le recrutement pluriethnique (Hazaras, Pachtounes, Tadjiks,…).

Polish Soldiers Explain Mine Detection Operations in Afghanistan'

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- Senior Airmen Kenneth Kauzlaurich (left) and Luis Deleon torque down the guidance system mounting assembly on the front of a 500-pound laser guided bomb. The 6-foot wrench allows the pair to put 600 pounds of torque on the assembly. The Airmen are assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and are deployed from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan – In similar fashion to how Americans who celebrate Christmas rush to the tree on the morning of Dec. 25, 2004 Afghan children and adults swarmed U.S. Airmen bearing gifts on Nov. 17-18. It was a reason to celebrate – the revival of Bagram Air Base’s Adopt-a-Village program.

“My goal is the same as the overall military goal here: Leave it better than we found it,” said the Airman from Los Angeles.

11-12-04 Army Staff Sgt. Randel Harris, a member of 551st Military Police Company, trains the local police force on proper riot-control techniques. Photo by Spc. Cheryl Ransford, USA

So while villagers have the perception that the Soldiers are there handing out blankets, soccer balls and other goodies, the unit can conduct recons without tipping their hand to any enemy.

"Most of these people have never seen hospitals or doctors," said U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Laynor, a 25th Infantry Division medic assigned to Kabul Compound. "This is my eighth mission and the third refugee camp I have been in."

"Education is really the key to this," said Col. Michael Young, the medical doctor for Kabul Compound Medical Clinic. "They can learn they need to wash their hands before they prepare food and they need to possibly boil their water until they have a safe water source."

“The Taliban burned my house, they kicked us out of (Raban),” Gul said. “Now I have freedom. I’m standing in front of you and voting. Of course my life has been changed.”

The officers to attend this course have already been selected, following completion of a competitive examination administered by the French elements of Operational Training Detachment 8 of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix. The French Army trains Afghan officers at all levels, from assisting the Afghan instructors of the Officer Training Brigade to directly training the staff officers at the Command and General Staff College.

MIZAN DISTRICT, Afghanistan –– During the seven days of Operation Blue Candle, Cacti Soldiers conducted combat and presence patrols, air assault operations, and cordon and search operations in the Mizan District of Afghanistan. The Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, provided humanitarian aid to citizens of numerous communities within the operational area.

Operation Blue Candle

Arriving at the NAVC site via helicopter, the Ministry of Defense and OMC-A official parties were greeted by the province’s governor and were then welcomed in song by a group of local children, dressed in their finest clothes, who gave flowers to the arriving visitors after finishing their song.

Responding to the calls from the Ministry of Defense and OMC-A officials, Sar-e-Pul council member Mullah Karim said, “We support this process and promise that our youth will join the Afghan National Army and serve the people of Afghanistan.” Everyone then moved over to the front of the NAVC building where a ribbon was cut to open the facility, followed by the playing of the Afghan national anthem and the raising of the Afghan flag over the center.

Combat Control Room of HMCS Victoria, the first of the Canadian Navy’s new submarines.

Lt.-Col. Stephane Roy, commander of the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment Battalion Group, barks orders at a change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 5, 2004. A Norwegian-led battle group has taken over the Canadian sector. (CP PHOTO/Stephen Thorne)

From Afghanistan. Maj. Jordan Rice (Winnipeg, Man.) I'd like to take a little time out from my golf game to wish my wife Mary and my four children, Scott, Jordan, Alison and Adam, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And also, to all my family and friends back home in Newfoundland, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

Capt. Christine Matthews (Grand Bank, Nfld.)

I'd like to say Hi to my Mom and Dad in Grand Banks, Newfoundland. Merry Christmas. I love you, and I'll see you in the spring.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

Cpl Andrew Lew (Burnaby, B.C.)

I'd like to say Hi to all my family and friends in Burnaby, B.C. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

Maj. Doug Kromrey (Ottawa, Ont.)

I'd like to send out a very happy holiday greeting to my daughter Meagan and son Sean in Ottawa. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and I'll be home soon.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

Sgt. John Rideout (Foxtrap Conception Bay, Nfld.)

I'd like to wish my wife Betty and my daughter Ashley in Petawawa a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as well as all my friends and family in Newfoundland.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

Cpl. Colleen McGuire (Antigonish, N.S.)

I'd like to wish a Merry Christmas to my parents in Antigonish. My Mom and Dad, two brothers, two sisters. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

From Bosnia

Master Cpl. Adam Sherlock (Halifax, N.S.)

I'd like to wish my wife, Courtney, and all my family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you when I come home.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

LS Chris Starnes (Vancouver, B.C.)

I'd like to wish my family and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and the rest of Canada a happy holidays.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

Cpl. Norm Gillard

I'd like to wish all my friends and family a happy holidays. To my wife Gwen and my son Goldie, I love you and I'll see you in the New Year.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

Cpl. Angela Townsend

I'd like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my friends and family back in Cape Breton.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

Cpl. Johnathon Denis (Midland, Ont.)

I want to wish my Mum and Dad, Lisa and Paula and my daughter Rebecca a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I love you all.

Canadian Forces Holiday Greetings

From Sierra Leone

Maj. Allan Poston

I'd like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the five military observers from Canada that are here in this country to wish everybody back home a very Merry Christmas and a festive New Year.

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2004-08-17

Private Darren Cormier acts as a ground guide while Corporal Mark Brandon drives a Bison armoured vehicle within Camp Julien, Kabul, Afghanistan. Both are part of the National Support Element Transport Platoon. High Res Photo

Kabul, Afghanistan

Gunner Frank Hubbard (right) and Master Bombardier Roger Innes stand by their 105mm Howitzer waiting for a fire mission on a range near Kabul. Both are members of 2 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, serving in Kabul, Afghanistan with the Third Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) Battalion Group, part of Operation ATHENA

Kabul, Afghanistan

Major General Andrew Leslie, Deputy Commander International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) sits in a Light Armoured Vehicle ( LAV lll ), prior to departing Camp Julien for a tour of the Canadian area of operations in Kabul, Afghanistan.

British Royal Marines in SE Afghanistan.

Kabul, Afghanistan A convoy of Canadian military vehicles prepares to leave Kabul International Airport after arriving on an AN-24 Antonov transport aircraft.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Bombardier Dave Pelley, of 2 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, part of the Kabul Multi-National Brigade, prepares a 105mm Howitzer round for firing during a live fire exercise on a range near Kabul, Afghanistan.

A Canadian soldier, who's face is protected against dust, mans a C-9 machinegun on LAV III (light armoured vehicle) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Bombardier Dave Pelley, stands by with a round ready to fire during a live fire exercise on a range near Kabul. Bdr Pelley, part of 2 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, is serving in Kabul with the Kabul Multi-National Brigade, part of Operation ATHENA. 2003

Kabul, Afghanistan- late 2004. Members of Parachute Company of the Third Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) Battalion Group, patrol the streets of Kabul during Operation ATHENA.

Kandahar, Afghanistan

A flag flying at half-mast on a Bison infantry section vehicle marks the death of the Queen Mother. Carrying (from left) Vice Admiral Greg Maddison, the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-Colonel Pat Stogran, the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI) Battle Group, and Lieutenant-General Mike Jeffrey, the Chief of the Land Staff, the men are on route to the Canadian camp at Kandahar International Airport where they will deliver a briefing to the soldiers of the 3 PPCLI Battle Group.

Kandahar, Afghanistan. Canadian troops in the war against the jihadists. Canadian lives on the line. At Tarnak Farm, a training area near Kandahar, Colonel Mark Hodgson (arms folded, centre) and General (Retired) Maurice Baril (arms folded, right) listen to a key witness, shown with a C7, describe the events of April 17, when an American F-16 fighter dropped a 500-pound bomb on members of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI) Battle Group. The incident killed four soldiers and wounded eight. Gen (Ret) Baril is the president of the Canadian Board of Inquiry investigating the incident; Col Hodgson is a member.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Canadian troops on a LAV III (Light Armoured Vehicle) depart Kabul International Airport as part of Operation ATHENA, Canada's contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The following is the official prayer of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Branch:

Almighty God, by whose grace we are called upon to positions of trust and responsibility! We ask for Your blessing upon all who serve in the Intelligence Branch of the Canadian Forces, at home and abroad. Inspire us with the courage to always seek the truth, and the wisdom to give proper counsel to our comrades. Give us the strength to persevere in the face of doubt and adversity, and the clarity and vision that we may always know the light when it is revealed from the darkness; that by serving others honourably and with wisdom, we may serve You well and be worthy of our calling. Amen.

Aerial View Aerial view of HMCS St. John's (left) with USS Seattle (center) alongside USS JFK. HMCS St. John's is operating in and around the Gulf of Oman as part of Operation APOLLO, Canada's military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism Credit: MCpl Michel Durand

Kabul, Afghanistan

Newly-arrived soldiers with the Canadian International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, listen to a threat assessment briefing at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan.

Three Canadian soldiers have been killed during the Operation Athena mission to Afghanistan.

All were members of the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) based in Camp Petawawa near Ottawa. One soldier was killed and three others wounded by a suicide bomber while on patrol near the Canadian base, Camp Julien, on Jan. 27, 2004. Two soldiers were killed and three injured on Oct. 2, 2003, in a roadside blast southwest of Kabul, which destroyed their light Iltis jeep.

The Royal Canadian Regiment and other troops were in Afghanistan as part of Operation Athena, which is Canada's commitment to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

In early February 2004, the RCR was to be replaced by members of the Royal 22nd Regiment, from Valcartier, Que., best known as the "Vandoos."

The Department of National Defence identified the men as:

Cpl. Jamie Brendan Murphy

Sergeant Robert Alan Short

Corporal Robbie Christopher Beerenfenger

The next time you overhear someone say Canada has not contributed anything to the global war on Islamic terrorism, remind them of those Canadian heroes which have already contributed all they had.

(In photo-Maj. John Vass (left) and Sergeant-Major Officer Wayne Bartlett speak Thursday about the pain of recovering from the death of their friend Cpl. Jamie Murphy. (CP/Les Perreaux)

Linked story: http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/WarOnTerrorism/2004/01/29/329160-cp.html


1 posted on 12/05/2004 7:34:40 AM PST by M. Espinola
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To: M. Espinola

whoa! nice job! Thanks for the pics!!!! and the info with each one.


2 posted on 12/05/2004 8:02:37 AM PST by bitt (I am smitten by the Prez.)
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To: M. Espinola
Excellent collection of pix.

I've been saving some FR threads to my hard drive. I have looked at several programs to 'collect' them and put them on CD. Most programs didn't make the effort easy.

Recently, I ran across a little program called Local Website Archive. It did nearly exactly what I wanted. It allowed me to collect my HTMLs into a single archive set without having to do allot of manual fix-up. Local Website Archive is a freeware program. The resulting archive set can be collected as an executable or zipped set. Its interface resembles Windows Explorer. It has an easy learning curve. It doesn't do fancy websites -- with embedded video, swf files, pdf files, etc. -- but for text and pix, it does a good job -- and maintains links.


3 posted on 12/05/2004 8:14:06 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: M. Espinola

Great photo essay ~ good job ~ Bump!


4 posted on 12/05/2004 8:23:04 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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Awesome Pics! I like this one:

I would NOT be standing that close to the goal in a soccer game. Somebody is going to get "Wilson Face"!

5 posted on 12/05/2004 8:24:44 AM PST by SquirrelKing ("I have to march because my mother couldn't have an abortion." - Maxine Waters (D-California)
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To: M. Espinola; TexKat

You've got competition. :-)


6 posted on 12/05/2004 8:28:07 AM PST by Valin (Out Of My Mind; Back In Five Minutes)
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To: M. Espinola

Thank you for putting this reality check together.

We will never Forget
http://home.comcast.net/~sept11/


7 posted on 12/05/2004 8:45:05 AM PST by HangWithMe
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To: bitt
Thank you very much. Thumbs UpThe intent was to show all the nations deeply involved in the combating the international death cultists. Part II should have many photos from viewers :) Newspaper
8 posted on 12/05/2004 9:46:44 AM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: M. Espinola

well, after seeing your pics today, I forgot I was mad at the Canadians (for a little while...)lol...


9 posted on 12/05/2004 10:28:56 AM PST by bitt (I am smitten by the Prez.)
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To: M. Espinola
Thanks so much for the pics. I'll be shortcutting this post to a very dear friend whose cousin is stationed there. The family will love it. Again thanks so much.
10 posted on 12/05/2004 10:34:26 AM PST by Chgogal
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To: M. Espinola
A SALUTE TO OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS, THANK YOU!

11 posted on 12/05/2004 11:05:03 AM PST by UpHereEh
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To: bitt
The((((Ex))))Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien is gone! Mr. Chrétien's calculated, bombastic remarks on Saddam's Iraq were as equally dividing as those of France's Chirac. The incredible scam for self-gain to keep Saddam's regimé in power was hatched at the highest levels of anti-American power brokers. It was hidden in darkness but is now being brought forth into the investigative light!. (French President Jacques Chirac clasps hands with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien during a ceremony opening an exhibit on the 400th anniversary of the shared history between Canada and France. (CP/Tom Hanson) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All of us now very cognizant of how the U.N's Oil-for-Food (profit) was turned into a giant profitable con job, worth billions to the greedy demanding Saddam remain in power of Iraq's vast crude oil reserves. U.N. hacks reaching to the very top of that global organization were supposed to be assisting the people of Iraq, but instead, coupled with French 'leaders', Russians & others fighting to keep Saddam in power, became very wealthy at the expense of Iraq's people & global security. ----------------------- _ Each day Saddam remained in power innocent Israelis were blown up with Saddam's oil money paying the 'bills' for the Islamic Hamas terrorists and other Muslim street gangs. Also, recall all those which attempted to stop the Coalition, including some so-called 'Americans' were supporting the same Iraqi despot which tried to murder a U.S. President. ~ I now ask, where are all the human shields? They went for Saddam-but where are they now when Americans and Iraqi's are being murdered by jihad killers! We must keep up the pressure making sure all the Oil-for-Food crooks pay dearly for their deception for self gain. ============================== Now, we must move on. This is a new era between America & Canada. Canadians, as the Afghan photographs clearly demonstrate, have been on the front lines of the counter-jihad-war in Afghanistan with U.S., from the beginning, suffering losses & gaining great victories along with other nations in the Combined Forces Command. So, shake hands across our borders. Washington & Ottawa firmly united can accomplishes so much more.
12 posted on 12/05/2004 12:12:10 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: M. Espinola; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

EXCELLENT, M. Espinola!!!


13 posted on 12/05/2004 3:14:18 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Proud Patriots dot com! Check it out!!!)
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To: M. Espinola; Cyrano; shaggy eel

Absolutely AWESOME!!!


14 posted on 12/05/2004 6:03:26 PM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: M. Espinola; Terriergal

,,, what a great range of photos! Thanx!


15 posted on 12/05/2004 6:20:40 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: M. Espinola

*Great Pix Bump!*


16 posted on 12/05/2004 6:31:54 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: M. Espinola

Thank you for putting this together. Great stuff!


17 posted on 12/05/2004 6:54:38 PM PST by vezke
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To: M. Espinola
Totally awsome photo collection. I really liked the Afghanistan Mountain Patrol pic. Brrrrrr... gives me chills. With all the focus on Iraq, we must not forget the great work that is being accomplished elswhere in the world by the freedom loving nations. - Thanks for posting.
18 posted on 12/05/2004 7:03:33 PM PST by derllak
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To: M. Espinola

bump


19 posted on 12/05/2004 7:07:42 PM PST by VOA
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