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  • Officials: Blast kills 4 (Spanish) peacekeepers in Lebanon

    06/24/2007 2:25:24 PM PDT · by Levante · 8 replies · 409+ views
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - A bomb apparently targeting U.N. peacekeepers exploded by the side of a road in southern Lebanon on Sunday, killing four Spanish troops and injuring at least four, a senior Lebanese security official said. The senior official in Beirut said a mine may have caused the explosion, but another security official based in southern Lebanon said a bomb detonated at the side of a road about four miles north of the Israeli border town of Metulla. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
  • British navy parrot with potty mouth sent ashore with feathers in tow

    11/25/2005 2:30:53 PM PST · by Levante · 14 replies · 681+ views
    National Post News Services ^ | Friday, November 25, 2005
    A Royal navy parrot with a reputation for embarrassing top brass with her foul mouth has been ordered ashore. But it was not Sunny's swearing that led to her being taken off the British frigate, Lancaster. She has been given extended shore leave on medical advice after plucking out her feathers and looking withdrawn. Sunny a six-year-old African grey with the official service number of RN Parrot No 1, has a habit of squawking "arse" and "bollocks" at inappropriate moments. During a visit in 2001 by the First Sea Lord, Sunny was banished to a cupboard but could still be...
  • Defense budget should be doubled: Senate (Canadian Forces)

    09/29/2005 12:02:05 PM PDT · by Levante · 25 replies · 389+ views
    Canadian Press via the National Post ^ | September 29, 2005 | No Author Credited
    OTTAWA -- A Senate committee says the defence budget should be doubled and the military should enlist thousands more soldiers, sailors and air personnel. The defence committee report says the budget should be $25 billion to $35 billion a year instead of the $14.3 billion earmarked for 2005-2006. Defence spending as a portion of GDP has fallen by 62.5 per cent in the last 15 years, the report says. The senators also say that the Forces should have 90,000 people in uniform instead of today's authorized strength of 62,000. They also say that ways have to be found to purchase...
  • Troops set for Afghan reconstruction

    07/20/2005 11:28:45 AM PDT · by Levante · 1 replies · 203+ views
    Canadian Press via National Post ^ | July 20, 2005 | Lori Farzari
    EDMONTON -- With words of pride in his troops and thoughts of the risks they will encounter, Gen. Rick Hillier saw off the first team of troops heading off Tuesday for southern Afghanistan as part of a reconstruction mission. "What I told them was first of all how proud I am of them, how confident I am that they are ready to go and do this job," Hillier said at Edmonton International Airport before the troops flew out on Canadian Forces Airbus. "You cannot reduce the risk to zero in any environment in the world and certainly you cannot do...
  • Canada also on target list Americans, British, Australians, Spanish hit

    07/08/2005 11:42:01 AM PDT · by Levante · 31 replies · 934+ views
    National Post ^ | Friday, July 08, 2005 | Adrian Humphreys
    Yesterday's bombings in London, coupled with the attacks on the United States, Spain and Australia (through the Bali nightclub bombings), may increase the likelihood of Canada becoming a target for terror. Although it is not yet proved that an al-Qaeda group was responsible for yesterday's destruction, Canada is now one of a dwindling number of nations named as a target by Osama bin Laden that has not been directly hit. "Human targets sorted by level of importance," reads a list in the al-Battar Military Manual, a training manual masterminded by Saif al-Adel, one of al-Qaeda's most senior leaders, and distributed...
  • Greater security in new structure: brass (Canadian Forces)

    06/28/2005 11:27:56 AM PDT · by Levante · 2 replies · 229+ views
    Canadian Press via the National Post ^ | June 28, 2005 | John Ward
    OTTAWA -- A newly promoted vice-admiral has been named to lead Canada Command, a new military headquarters that will focus on disasters at home. Vice-Admiral J.Y. Forcier says he'll get his new staff working immediately and hopes to have the command ready to go by next spring. Defence Minister Bill Graham says the new headquarters will enable the military to plan for domestic disasters, from floods and forest fires to terror attacks.
  • Call for guns at border; U.S. crossings need armed officers: Senate committee (U.S./Canadian Border)

    06/15/2005 7:20:26 AM PDT · by Levante · 1 replies · 368+ views
    National Post ^ | June 15, 2005 | Adrian Humphreys
    The Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence is set to call for an armed presence at all Canada-U.S. border crossings in a major report on border security to be released today. The committee, which has been studying the state of border security, is expected to recommend that the RCMP have an officer posted at each border crossing into Canada and, if that cannot be accomplished, to allow Canada Border Services Agency officers at the crossing points to have guns, sources close to the committee tell the National Post.
  • First of four subs returns to service (Canadian Forces)

    05/18/2005 6:45:53 AM PDT · by Levante · 9 replies · 432+ views
    Canadian Press via National Post ^ | May 18, 2005 | Andrew Vaughn
    VICTORIA -- One of the four submarines Canada purchased from Britain has been returned to active service after being docked in the wake of the at-sea disaster on board HMCS Chicoutami that claimed one submariner's life. HMCS Victoria, under the command of Lt.-Cmdr. Jamie Clarke, returned to sea on Tuesday. "HMCS Victoria met all the requirements for a safe return to sea,'' said Vice-Admiral Bruce MacLean, commander of Canada's Navy. "Having implemented all the immediate recommendations from the Chicoutimi board of inquiry, I am satisfied that all our crew and submarine verification work has proven Victoria ready and safe for...
  • War dead showered with poppies (Canadian Forces)

    05/04/2005 3:13:42 PM PDT · by Levante · 23 replies · 677+ views
    Canadian Press via the National Post ^ | May 4, 2005 | Michelle MacAfree
    HOLTEN, Netherlands -- A helicopter showered 1,355 Canadian war graves with red poppies on Wednesday at the end of a memorial service to honour the sacrifice by Canadians in liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation 60 years ago. About 1,500 war veterans were on hand at the Dutch-organized event that highlighted the role children can play in keeping alive memories of wartime tragedy and heroism. During the ceremony at the Holten Canadian War Cemetery, Dutch children recited poems and placed white and yellow narcissus flowers at each grave. They also passed out traditional "May 4th" bread to each veteran attending...
  • Sub repairs draining Navy funds: report

    05/04/2005 3:08:15 PM PDT · by Levante · 20 replies · 563+ views
    Canadian Press via the National Post ^ | May 4, 2005 | Stephen Thorne
    OTTAWA - Costly repairs to fire-ravaged HMCS Chicoutimi and Canada's other three submarines are draining money away from vital maintenance for the rest of the navy's vessels, says a report obtained by The Canadian Press. "I cannot overstate that the Chicoutimi incident, coupled with other necessary recovery-repair strategies, has impacted the navy to its very core,'' Vice-Admiral Bruce MacLean says in an internal report on the state of the navy. The estimated $150-million bill to salvage the newly acquired submarine fleet will mean delayed work on the navy's aging fleet of frigates, destroyers and support vessels, says the report, released...
  • Canada's '911 Force' (Canadian Forces)

    05/02/2005 2:18:19 PM PDT · by Levante · 57 replies · 1,108+ views
    National Post ^ | May 2, 2005 | Chris Wattie
    Ten years after the Canadian Airborne Regiment was disbanded, the army is creating a strike force of fast-moving, highly trained "ranger" troops that will reprise most of the former elite parachute unit's roles, senior army officers have told the National Post. The planned Light Force will be able to airdrop into trouble spots around the world on its own or as a backup to the commandos of Joint Task Force 2, Canada's secretive special forces unit. The Light Force, developed in tandem with the defence policy statement released last month, will form the backbone of a new Special Operations Group,...
  • Defence policy calls for more equipment (Canadian Forces)

    04/15/2005 1:43:15 PM PDT · by Levante · 8 replies · 294+ views
    Canadian Press via the National Post ^ | April 14, 2005 | Stephen Thorne
    OTTAWA -- A major new defence policy statement promises to double the military's overseas capabilities and makes broad commitments to new equipment, including destroyers and troop-carrying ships, The Canadian Press has learned. The document, 16 months in the making and expected to be released Tuesday, is part of a broader international policy statement encompassing foreign policy, development and trade. Described as the centrepiece of the government's much-anticipated policy review, it sets Canada's defence as the military's primary responsibility. But much of the document is about the Forces' role in disaster zones and failed and failing states. It cites the need...
  • (Indonesian) Soldiers 'took bribes' to evacuate victims

    01/27/2005 2:50:35 PM PST · by Levante · 6 replies · 259+ views (Australia News) ^ | January 28, 2005 | Claire Harvey
    INDONESIAN soldiers are said to have taken bribes to get people seats on foreign military evacuation flights from the tsunami-hit province of Aceh. New Zealand has launched an investigation into the claim, published in US magazine Newsweek, that "well-dressed" Acehnese paid up to $US80 ($104) for seats on a New Zealand Air Force Hercules flight. "On a New Zealand military cargo flight from Aceh to Jakarta last week, about half the 'refugees' being carried out were well-dressed people," the report said. Scalpers were also selling tickets at inflated prices on booked-out civilian flights from Aceh to Jakarta, Newsweek reported.
  • NZ medical team heads into disaster area (New Zealand Forces)

    01/08/2005 12:39:35 AM PST · by Levante · 1 replies · 281+ views
    The New Zealand Herald ^ | 8 January 2005
    JAKARTA - Almost two weeks after the tsunami disaster devastated the Aceh region of Indonesia a New Zealand defence force medical team was finally due to start work today. The 30-strong team has been cooling its heels in Malaysia for some days, but is now ready to get down to work caring for the injured, many of whom remain untreated 12 days after waves generated by a massive earthquake swept over the coastline. Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff said the delays were beyond New Zealand's control as the team was to work as part of a larger Australasian deployment and...
  • Military hospital arrives in Aceh (Australian Forces)

    01/07/2005 11:31:20 PM PST · by Levante · 1 replies · 285+ views
    A MOBILE Australian military hospital has arrived in a tsunami-ravaged area of Indonesia as an airport bottleneck holds up the delivery of some aid in the region. The 55-bed mobile hospital will begin operations in Sumatra island's Banda Aceh within 24 hours and be staffed by 60 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Lieutenant Colonel Brad McCall said the staff would include experts in surgery, and public and environmental health. "That involves both acute medical care, acute clinical care and surgery," he told the ABC. "It also involves a very big focus on public health and prevention including vaccination programs, water...
  • Canada pledges $40 million in aid; Will send DART team

    12/30/2004 6:11:38 AM PST · by Levante · 23 replies · 484+ views
    Canadian Press via National Post ^ | December 29, 2004 | Anita Newell
    OTTAWA -- Canada has increased to $40 million the money it will donate for emergency relief in the south Asian region hit by a killer tsunami and will also consider sending a disaster relief team. Defence Minister Bill Graham told a news conference Wednesday that $36 million has been added to the $4 million already pledged. As well, he said Canada will send a planeload of relief supplies to Indonesia, the nation hardest hit by the Dec. 26 earthquake and resulting tsunami. A planeload was sent to Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Graham said a 12-member reconnaissance team will go to...
  • Too early to send DART team to Asia: officials (Canadian Forces)

    12/29/2004 6:16:29 AM PST · by Levante · 14 replies · 415+ views
    OTTAWA -- Although Canada's military keeps an emergency response team on standby to help in international disasters, it isn't "the right tool" to help victims of a devastating Asian earthquake and tsunami, federal officials said Tuesday. "It seems the DART is not the right tool at this time," Col. Guy Laroche of the Department of National Defence told a Media briefing three days after the crisis hit. Officials were responding to criticisms that the Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team hasn't yet been sent to the region devastated by an earthquake that triggered massive tidal waves on Boxing Day. Officials...
  • Canada can't afford not to be part of NORAD, says defence chief

    12/19/2004 10:40:30 AM PST · by Levante · 7 replies · 482+ views
    Canadian Press via National Post ^ | December 18,2004 | Stephen Thorne
    OTTAWA -- Canada couldn't afford to defend its airspace without its 46-year-old NORAD partnership with the United States, says the chief of defence staff. So regardless of Ottawa's decision on the Americans' new continental ballistic missile defence plan, Ottawa has no choice but to remain in the North American Aerospace Defence Command, says Gen. Ray Henault. Henault strongly rejected critics' claims that NORAD will wither and die if Canada does not participate in missile defence. "NORAD will endure because the defence of our aerospace will always be a requirement," Henault said in an interview. "The shared defence of our aerospace...
  • Sub plagued by glitches after handover (Canadian Forces)

    11/18/2004 1:03:13 AM PST · by Levante · 23 replies · 529+ views
    Canadian Press via the National Post ^ | November 17,2004 | Murray Brewster
    HALIFAX--When HMCS Chicoutimi was handed over to the Canadian navy in October, the submarine had trouble drawing in fresh air, could not dive to certain depths and suffered from computer bugs, according to newly released documents. Telex messages between the ill-fated warship and navy headquarters in Ottawa, obtained by the Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, reveal a litany of problems, including: - The used vessel could not "snort" - the navy's term for drawing in fresh air while traveling at full power just below the ocean surface during an emergency. - The warship could not dive to...
  • Aussie pilot saves shot comrade (Australian Forces in Iraq!)

    11/12/2004 9:14:32 PM PST · by Levante · 4 replies · 671+ views (Australia News) ^ | 13 November 2004 | John Kerin and Tom Newton Dunn
    UNDER attack from Iraqi insurgents, his co-pilot riddled with bullets, Australian army helicopter pilot Captain Scott Watkins had just seconds to save his colleague and their damaged chopper. The insrgents, hiding in a line of palm tress near the British base of Camp Dogwood, south of Baghdad,had strafed the British army Lynx helicopter with small arms fire. Captain Watkins had miraculously escaped the gunfire, but his British co-pilot, flying the chopper at the time, was shot in the chest and lay slumped over the controls.
  • Troops launch legal bombshell (Australian Military)

    10/23/2004 1:51:18 PM PDT · by Levante · 22 replies · 668+ views (Australia News) ^ | October 24,2004 | Luke McIIveen
    HUNDREDS of Australian soldiers were used as guinea pigs by the army in tests of an anti-malaria drug which has psychotic side effects while they were serving in East Timor. An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph reveals that the soldiers were ordered to take the drug, Larium, by the army as part of tests to observe side effects, which can include depression and paranoia. But the soldiers claim they were not fully informed of the possible adverse reactions and some are planning a class action against the army. Members of the 2RAR battalion and 4 RAR commandos have suffered family...
  • Liberals on path to 'the destruction of our military': Harper

    10/13/2004 9:34:18 AM PDT · by Levante · 6 replies · 416+ views
    OTTAWA(CP)--The fatal fire aboard HMCS Chicoutimi is another example of government incompetence, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said Wednesday. On his way into his party's weekly caucus meeting, he said the government is on a long-term path to the "destruction of our military." During the election campaign, he said, the Liberals scoffed at his calls for more defense spending. "The government said I was being a warmonger, they said that our priority was exaggerated. Our priority is not exaggerated." Harper said the government needs to make major investments in the military. "It is essential that they take defense seriously," he said....
  • Tug of War: The Struggle to Save Canada's Military (Long but excellent read)

    09/26/2004 10:35:35 AM PDT · by Levante · 5 replies · 331+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen via ^ | September 25, 2004 | Richard Foot
    The problem with Canada's military, as one directive put it recently, is that the military is too small to carry out it's tasks, yet too big for it's shrinking budget. Today, we commit comparatively less money to our military than any other country in NATO except Luxembourg. Despite all of this, health care and social services, not national security, dominate the debate. "Pale Ebenezer thought it wrong to fight. But Roaring Bill, who killed him, thought it right." -Hilaire Belloc Inside the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, among books bearing the names of 115,000 Canadians killed overseas on military service,...
  • Two Australians "held" in Iraq

    09/13/2004 12:27:45 PM PDT · by Levante · 7 replies · 239+ views (Australia News) ^ | Sept 14, 2004 | Agence France-Presse, AAP
    TWO Australians and two East Asians have been kidnapped in Iraq, said a statement purportedly from the Islamic Secret Army handed out in the Sunni Muslim insurgent bastion of Samarra today. The statement gave Canberra a 24-hour deadline to end its interests in Iraq or see the hostages executed, but there was no immediate confirmation of the ultimatum's authenticity.
  • Naval base ripe target for terrorists (Royal Australian Navy)

    09/07/2004 2:18:40 PM PDT · by Levante · 232+ views (Australia News) ^ | 8 September 2004 | Martin Chulov
    NEW South Wales Police have formally told the Federal Government that they fear the Garden Island navy base in Sydney is a sitting duck for terrorists. Senior police believe not enough has been done to protect the dock, known as Fleet Base East, from a terror attack by land or water, despite new maritime regulations which came into force on July 1. Police sources have said the base's location, amid the most densely populated suburbs of Australia, and its proximity to pedestrians make it attractive site for terrorists. In particular, the site is seen as attractive to terrorists intending a...
  • 'Cheap' Kiwi Army recruiting Islanders

    09/01/2004 9:39:36 AM PDT · by Levante · 7 replies · 305+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 31,2004 | Claire Harvey
    PACIFIC Islanders make great New Zealand rugby players, and now they can be Kiwi soldiers as well. The New Zealand Defense Force is recruiting in the Cook Islands, Tokelau, and Niue to replace troops who leave the NZDF for foreign military positions or the private sector. But the Opposition New Zealand First Party claims the recruiting system is "exploitation of a cheap labour source", saying the defense pay rates are too low for the forces to keep trained staff.
  • Forces fear biker gang infiltration (Canadian Forces)

    08/30/2004 1:56:57 PM PDT · by Levante · 19 replies · 532+ views
    National Post ^ | August 30, 2004 | Adrian Humphreys
    Military officials have launched dozens of secret investigations into links between members of the Canadian Forces and outlaw motorcycle gangs, including a probe of weapons stolen from a base in Quebec and from a U.S. installation in Germany. The Natinal Post has obtained 29 case files of investigations conducted in 2003 by military police of soldiers and other employees of the Department of National Defense suspected of being involved with criminal gangs, including the Hells Angels, the Bandidos and the Outlaws--three of the world's largest and most notorious biker gangs. The incidents involve soldiers based in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba,...
  • Soldiers' deaths not preventable: Investigation (Canadian Forces)

    08/25/2004 4:06:39 AM PDT · by Levante · 13 replies · 235+ views
    National Post ^ | August 24, 2004 | Canadian Press
    OTTAWA- The deaths of three Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan couldn't have been prevented, a military investigation has concluded. The Department of National Defense released findings Tuesday into a vehicle mine strike last October and a suicide bomber attack in January. The incidents killed three Canadian soldiers and injured seven others. The reviews support the decisions of field commanders in the patrols in question. In the October 2003 incident, an Iltis patrol vehicle struck an anti-tank mine on a road that had been used safely two hours earlier. Two Canadian soldiers died. In the January incident, a suicide bomber attacked an...
  • Promise could gut military (Canadian Forces)

    08/22/2004 9:07:21 AM PDT · by Levante · 12 replies · 436+ views
    National Post, with files from CanWest News Service ^ | August 21, 2004 | Chris Wattie, with files from Mike Blanchfield
    The Canadian military may be forced to mothball all of it's remaining destroyers and ground up to a quarter of its front-line fighter jets in order to fulfill a Liberal election promise to create a new, 5,000-strong "peacekeeping brigade." Bil Graham, the Defense Minister, is to present options on the proposed new brigade to Cabinet by the end of the month, but Defense sources have told the National Post the military has been told to prepare drastic measures to pay for the idea. In an article posted yesterday on the Web site of Jane's Defence Weekly, the London-based defence publishing...
  • Drunk free after terrorising flight to Bali (Australia News)

    07/06/2004 4:31:52 PM PDT · by Levante · 20 replies · 728+ views
    The Australian via ^ | July 7, 2004 | Paige Taylor
    A drunk Australian tourist who terrorised passengers on a Bali flight, declaring he had explosives and threatening to hijack the plane, is yet to be questioned by the Australian Federal Police. Children were among the holidaymakers who wept with fear during the tirade, in which the man allegedly announced loudly that he was going to crash the plane and kill everyone on board. According to passengers, he then headed for the cockpit, shouting that he had a weapon and explosives. The man was later stopped by another passenger, who choked him until he fell unconscious. Federal Transportation Minister John Anderson...
  • Mortar attack 'work of butchers' (Australians attacked in Iraq)

    06/27/2004 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Levante · 1 replies · 188+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 28,2004 | John Kerin
    The multiple mortar attack on Australian soldiers in northern Iraq was the work of "mentally deranged butchers" and only reinforced the need to keep our troops in the country, Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson declared yesterday. Mr. Anderson said the Government was conscious of the dangers, but the situation in Iraq was not one Australia could "walk away from." "I think you've got to say you can't give in, you can't give in to these sorts of butchers--morally and mentally deranged butchers," he told Nine's Sunday program. The comments came after Australian soldiers came under attack while training Iraqi army...
  • Canada supports proposal to train Iraqi security forces as NATO summit begins

    06/27/2004 3:29:23 PM PDT · by Levante · 7 replies · 122+ views
    National Post ^ | June 27,2004 | Jim Bronskill, Canadian Press
    ISTANBUL, Turkey(CP)-Canada may be willing to take part in a NATO plan to train Iraq's new security forces, but would stop short of committing soldiers to the war-ravaged country, says Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham. As members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization prepared to gather for a summit meeting Monday, Graham said, "we might be able to help" Iraq's army find its feet.
  • Iraqi Shiites condemn 'filthy infidel' terrorists

    06/25/2004 9:29:07 PM PDT · by Levante · 16 replies · 247+ views
    ABC News On-Line (Australian Broadcasting Corp) ^ | June 26,2004 | Matt Brown in Bagdad
    Some of Iraq's most influential Shiite leaders have condemned the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists operating in the country. At a Friday prayer meeting in Karbala, a spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani told worshippers that Al Qaeda's top leaders are "filthy infidels." He names Osama bin Laden and the Jordanian-born terrorist purportedly operating in Iraq, Abu Mussad al-Zarqawi. He says they are "bastards" who "nuture malignance" against Shiite Muslims. A prominent Shiite leader was assassinated in Iraq on Thursday night. Al Qaeda's leadership is made up of Sunni Muslims from the Wahabi sect.
  • Most (Australian)Troops to leave 'stable' Solomons

    06/25/2004 8:34:42 PM PDT · by Levante · 3 replies · 98+ views
    Australia is about to withdraw most of its remaining contribution to a regional force aimed at restoring order in Solomon Islands. The Government began withdrawing troops involved in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) last year.
  • Canada's Military Commitments abroad to be reduced almost 75 per cent by Fall

    06/25/2004 3:44:13 PM PDT · by Levante · 24 replies · 261+ views
    The National Post ^ | June 25, 2004 | Stephen Thorne
    KABUL--Canada will reduce it's overseas military deployments to just 1,200 personnel by fall, down from 4,500 a year ago, the chief of the defense staff said on a stopover Friday in advance of next week's NATO summit in Turkey. Gen. Ray Henault said deep cuts in troop commitments to its two biggest NATO missions - Afghanistan and Bosnia - and the withdrawl of naval ships from the Persian Gulf, will give the country's armed forces a much needed respite.
  • 5 Contract Malaria at Canadian Military Base in Kabul (Misleading Title)

    06/20/2004 11:36:26 AM PDT · by Levante · 2 replies · 182+ views
    The National Post ^ | June 20, 2004 | Stephen Thorne
    Kabul(CP)- Canadian military doctors are keeping a close eye on the 2,000 plus Canadians and others based at Camp Julien after diagnosing five confirmed cases of malaria in the last two weeks. Doctors fear the two American soldiers, one Canadian soldier and two civilian workers - a Canadian and a Nepalese - may be just "the tip of the iceberg."
  • New Zealand Soldiers Injured in Afghanistan

    06/19/2004 4:50:39 PM PDT · by Levante · 5 replies · 232+ views
    Go Asia Pacific/ABC Radio Australia ^ | 18 June 2004 | ABC Radio Australia News
    Defense officials in New Zealand say two special forces soldiers have been wounded in an operation in Afghanistan. A brief statement says the soldiers were in central Afghanistan and were evacuated by helicopter to a medical facility where their condition was satisfactory. Local television in New Zealand says the injuries were the result of an exchange of gunfire with local people, but defense officials refused to release details. New Zealand has deployed about 50 Special Air Service personnel to Afghanistan.
  • Arab leader's disgust rings hollow in Iraq

    05/14/2004 7:40:16 AM PDT · by Levante · 2 replies · 135+ views
    Stars and Stripes via the Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2004 | Michael Rubin
    Now is not the time for the United States to withdraw from Iraq. Stung by the damage done by revelations that American personnel abused detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Bush spoke on Arab television and was unequivocal: "People in Iraq must understand that I view those practices as abhorrent." He pledged to punish the soldiers involved. Across the Middle East, officials condemned the United States. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, for example, said the incident was proof that the United States had a "systematic plan to torture Iraqis, to kill them, to rape them." Syria's official daily, Ath-Thawra, called...
  • The Big Boat is Coming Back (Canadian Warships)

    04/24/2004 2:18:07 PM PDT · by Levante · 26 replies · 212+ views
    National Post ^ | April 19,2004 | Chris Wattie
    They will be the Canadian Forces' largest warships in more than three decades, they will cost $700-million apiece and they have the navy buzzing with anticipation. Last week in a speech at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, Paul Martin, the Prime Minister, announced funding for three 28,000-tonne joint support ships, and they are nothing if not multi-purpose--capable of carrying troops and heavy equipment anywhere in the world, landing them with a flight of assault helicopters and turning into a floating hospital or headquarters to back up the army from offshore.