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Canadian troops advance on Taliban
Globe and Mail (Toronto) ^ | 2006-09-06 | Graeme Smith

Posted on 09/06/2006 3:44:47 AM PDT by Clive

PANJWAI DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN — Canadian troops pushed deep into the warren of fields in Panjwai district Wednesday morning, hunting Taliban under bright moonlight after enduring hours of co-ordinated attacks by the insurgents.

The soldiers crept forward on foot, into terrain so difficult that armoured vehicles could not advance for fear of getting stuck in the rutted fields, irrigation trenches and dry canals.

It was the first major incursion by either side in the past 24 hours, in the continuing struggle for control of Panjwai district. Operation Medusa, launched four days ago to control the volatile region southwest of Kandahar city, has settled into a siege, with hundreds of Canadian troops and their allies encircling about 700 insurgents who fiercely defend their foothold near Afghanistan's second-largest city.

U.S. forces taking part in the battle said Tuesday they had killed between 50 and 60 suspected Taliban militants. NATO and Afghan officials have said about 200 insurgents have so far died in the operation. Related to this article

The Canadians were forced to cancel a major attack on Monday after a U.S. warplane mistakenly fired on a group of Canadian soldiers, killing one and injuring dozens. Canadian military police say they plan to probe the incident, and will work with American investigators to determine whether criminal charges are warranted. A board of inquiry will also be established as a fact-finding effort to determine whether any changes are needed to reduce the possibility of a similar incident in the future.

The Taliban did not immediately rush to counterattack during the lull after the friendly-fire incident. By noon, the battlefield was baking under the hot sun, with nothing moving except the flames from the soldiers' garbage fires.

The stillness broke around 1 p.m., when a white sedan carrying three men in traditional Afghan dress appeared on Highway 1, driving west, deep inside the Canadians' security cordon. The sedan was stopped by Canadian soldiers, who questioned the occupants about how they ended up driving along a road already blocked by other checkpoints.

“Our guys became suspicious right off the bat,” said Major Geoff Abthorpe, commander of Bravo Company. “Then we found the gunpowder residue on their hands.”

One of the men had fired a gun recently, according to a field test, while another had faint traces of gunpowder. The third was clean, but none of them could explain how they got inside the Canadian cordon. Soldiers have been hearing reports about Taliban trying to escape Panjwai district, and the three were taken for questioning at Patrol Base Wilson.

A mobile phone belonging to one of the detainees started ringing during the initial questioning, Major Abthorpe said. A military interpreter answered the call, and discovered that he was talking with a senior Taliban commander.

“At that point, all the gloves were off,” Major Abthorpe said. The questioning continued for three hours, before the detainees were transferred to Kandahar for further investigation.

The Canadians are hopeful that one of the captured men is a high-level insurgent, but declined to identify him. The man's importance might be connected to the flurry of violence that followed his detention, Major Abthorpe said.

“They've taken the fight to us,” he said. “We've seen a spike in activity after the heat of the day passed. It started a ripple effect, from west to east.”

Around 3 p.m., a group of four Taliban soldiers emerged from a line of trees just south of a Canadian unit, fired wildly and disappeared. The Canadians flushed the attackers back toward them using a barrage of artillery fire, until the Taliban were trapped in the mud-walled compound.

But even after an Apache attack helicopter hit the compound with rockets, Major Abthorpe said, a lone fighter still managed to stumble out and raise his AK-47 rifle toward Major Abthorpe's position. The 25-millimetre gun on his LAV-3 armoured vehicle destroyed the insurgent, he said.

About an hour later, a volley of eight to 10 explosive rounds, perhaps mortars or rocket-propelled grenades, hit another Canadian vehicle farther west.

Five soldiers suffered burns, shrapnel cuts and concussions, and a helicopter took them to Kandahar Air Field for treatment, but none of their injuries were considered life-threatening.

Later in the evening, a plume of fire and smoke could be seen rising several storeys high as the battles apparently destroyed a school building. Red tracers zipped across the farmland, as Canadian M777 artillery continued its regular pounding of Panjwai.

After a difficult start to the operation, with five Canadian deaths and dozens of injuries, the soldiers were excited about the prospects of Tuesday night's ground attack.

“The guys are chomping at the bit,” said Captain Piers Pappin, a platoon commander.


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; kandahar; medusa

1 posted on 09/06/2006 3:44:48 AM PDT by Clive
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To: Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...

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2 posted on 09/06/2006 3:45:14 AM PDT by Clive
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To: Clive

Canadian soldiers are sure proving themselves in Afghanistan. The good Canadians must be proud. The evil Canadians must be squirming.


3 posted on 09/06/2006 3:50:28 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Clive
“The guys are chomping at the bit,”
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The lads from up North are doing well, not much news in the drive by MSM, but there a lot of Taliban meeting their 72 virgins over the last couple of weeks.
The more the merrier.
4 posted on 09/06/2006 3:52:08 AM PDT by IrishMike (Democrats .... Stuck on Stupid, RINO's ...the most vicious judas goats)
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To: Clive

While they are up there they should be spraying agent orange or something of the sort on those Poppy fields.


5 posted on 09/06/2006 3:57:58 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: IrishMike
Some photos & details of another 50-60 Islamofascist vermin dispatched to Hell here.
6 posted on 09/06/2006 4:07:05 AM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

Thanks for the link.

Didn't 200 of the weasels meet their maker last week through the weekend ?
with another 100 or so the week before ?


7 posted on 09/06/2006 4:09:17 AM PDT by IrishMike (Democrats .... Stuck on Stupid, RINO's ...the most vicious judas goats)
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To: Clive
Globe and Mail Article:

PANJWAI DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN — Canadian troops pushed deep into the warren of fields in Panjwai district Wednesday morning, hunting Taliban under bright moonlight after enduring hours of co-ordinated attacks by the insurgents.

Toronto Red Star Version:

PANJWAI DISTRICT, U.S. OCCUPIED AFGHANISTAN -- The autonomous district of Panjwai was invaded by Canadian troops Wednesday morning, after being pummeled for hours by crack Taliban fighters in a night-long series of co-ordinated defensive actions. It was unclear how many casualties would be suffered by Canadian Forces.

Globe and Mail Article:

The soldiers crept forward on foot, into terrain so difficult that armoured vehicles could not advance for fear of getting stuck in the rutted fields, irrigation trenches and dry canals.

Toronto Red Star Version:

The Canadian invaders were forced to advance by foot, into hostile terrain easily traveled by the Taliban, but too great a challenge for modern armoured vehicles prone to getting stuck in the local terrain.

Globe and Mail Article:

It was the first major incursion by either side in the past 24 hours, in the continuing struggle for control of Panjwai district. Operation Medusa, launched four days ago to control the volatile region southwest of Kandahar city, has settled into a siege, with hundreds of Canadian troops and their allies encircling about 700 insurgents who fiercely defend their foothold near Afghanistan's second-largest city.

Toronto Red Star Version:

In the past 24 hours, Operation Medusa appears to be stalled as hundreds of Taliban fighters continue to defy and defend their territory from the Canadian Forces who are attempting to take control of the disputed region southwest of Kandahar.

Yep, that sounds about right for the Toronto Red Star.
8 posted on 09/06/2006 4:13:28 AM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: Clive
A mobile phone belonging to one of the detainees started ringing during the initial questioning, Major Abthorpe said. A military interpreter answered the call, and discovered that he was talking with a senior Taliban commander.

WUPS! BUS-TEDD!!!!

LOL!!

9 posted on 09/06/2006 4:13:52 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: mkjessup
Thanks for the examples -- the Star really is foam-at-the-mouth partisan for the bad guys, isn't it?

What on earth could be their rationale? These plug-uglies are the guys who beat women like a drum and blew up the Bamiyan Buddhas, as well as sacking and wrecking priceless art objects from Afghan museums -- some of them Greek pieces dating to the time of Alexander. These guys are scum, brigands, barbarian knuckledraggers -- and the Star is taking their part against Canadians?

Just unnnn-believable.

10 posted on 09/06/2006 4:18:34 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: Clive

"Later in the evening, a plume of fire and smoke could be seen rising several storeys high as the battles apparently destroyed a school building."

That would be the taliban ammo dump! GOD bless our Heroes and the Allied Heroes!

LLS


11 posted on 09/06/2006 4:20:03 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: sgtbono2002
While they are up there they should be spraying agent orange or something of the sort on those Poppy fields.

Nah, just sock 'em with some fuel-air explosives.....what doesn't get uprooted will get scorched and shriveled, and what doesn't get scorched will get blown down onto the ground.

That, or just have some guys sprint through the fields with flamethrowers, getting a good fire going. Same diff.

12 posted on 09/06/2006 4:23:19 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: Clive

Thank you Canada!


13 posted on 09/06/2006 4:23:34 AM PDT by airborne (Fecal matter is en route to fan! Contact is imminent!)
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To: Clive; GMMAC; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...
Canada ping.

Please send me a FReepmail to get on or off this Canada ping list.

14 posted on 09/06/2006 4:23:54 AM PDT by fanfan (Trust everybody, but cut the cards yourself.)
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To: Clive
I wish we could figure out how to not shoot the good guys. Maybe give them IFF? Many thanks to Canada for their help and condolences for their sacrifice.

Did anyone else notice that the bad guys have cell service?

15 posted on 09/06/2006 4:24:42 AM PDT by kerryusama04 (Isa 8:20, Eze 22:26)
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To: lentulusgracchus
Thanks for the examples -- the Star really is foam-at-the-mouth partisan for the bad guys, isn't it?

Let me quickly clarify, those Red Star versions I cited were my own creations, I basically "ghostwrited" what we could expect from that left-wing rag, that was my early morning subtle satire at work.

But I wouldn't be surprised if some low level staffer at the Star lifted those paragraphs verbatim and published them! LOL
16 posted on 09/06/2006 4:32:41 AM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: Clive

Good job, men. Thanks for your service to your country and to the cause of freedom!

What the liberals miss in all of this is that our coalition forces are becoming battle-hardened, experienced in the ways of asynchronous warfare, and wizened to the strategies of these IslamoNazis.

17 posted on 09/06/2006 4:34:34 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: IrishMike; Clive; fanfan
Not surprisingly, Katie Couric's initial lead-off story last night on CBS News was "the resurgence of the Taliban".

"resurgence" ???
Seemingly, at the rate our boys are exterminating the vermin, "resurrection" is rapidly becoming the more accurate term for Couric & the rest of the msm to employ when wishfully hoping for any rising by the Taliban - LOL!
18 posted on 09/06/2006 5:19:43 AM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

Not surprisingly, Katie Couric's initial lead-off story last night on CBS News was "the resurgence of the Taliban".

"resurgence" ???

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al-Qaeda and the Taliban are MSM comrades.


19 posted on 09/06/2006 5:24:43 AM PDT by IrishMike (Democrats .... Stuck on Stupid, RINO's ...the most vicious judas goats)
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To: samtheman

"U.S. forces taking part in the battle said Tuesday they had killed between 50 and 60 suspected Taliban militants. "

Someone will have to explain to me what other kind of militants are there in Afghanistan.


20 posted on 09/06/2006 7:15:17 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Mediacrat - A leftwing editorialist who pretends to be an objective journalist.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
"... explain to me what other kind of militants are there in Afghanistan."

Although hereabouts they apparently support the Taliban, seemingly we can safely omit the possibility of there being any radical feminist or homosexual militants in Afghanistan.
21 posted on 09/06/2006 7:38:25 AM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

I understand PETA and the Sierra club sent troops to support the Taliban. I believe Moveon.org is deciding whether to send their forces to support the Taliban or Al Queada in Iraq.


22 posted on 09/06/2006 7:46:18 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Mediacrat - A leftwing editorialist who pretends to be an objective journalist.)
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To: IrishMike

[al-Qaeda and the Taliban are MSM comrades.]

Yep. You would think so from the coverage. cBS' Taliban story was disgusting. It was stupid and insipid too, that ridiculous "should I cover my eyes" woman reporter and her footage of a rag-tag team of Taliban with their "weapons" on the ground was supposed to mean that the Taliban were "back in a big way"? Hardly.


23 posted on 09/06/2006 10:01:21 AM PDT by khnyny (Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.- Winston Churchill)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals.


24 posted on 09/06/2006 2:12:50 PM PDT by Catholic Canadian (Formerly Ashamed Canadian - thank you Stephen Harper!)
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To: Catholic Canadian

"PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals."

IF the good lord didn't want us to eat animals, she wouldn't have made them out of meat.


25 posted on 09/06/2006 2:59:07 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Mediacrat - A leftwing editorialist who pretends to be an objective journalist.)
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