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  • 20th (and 21th) Dutch soldier killed in Afghanistan

    09/07/2009 1:48:39 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 448+ views
    Dutch News ^ | September 07 2009
    A 26-year-old commando has become the 20th Dutch soldier to die in Afghanistan since the Dutch mission began in 2006. Corporal Keven van der Rijdt was killed in a gun battle with suspected Taliban fighters. A number of them were also killed, the defence ministry said. Van der Rijdt is the first member of the elite commando corps to be killed in Afghanistan.
  • German Chancellor Merkel: No timeline to bring troops home from Afghanistan

    08/23/2009 5:18:57 PM PDT · by NCjim · 3 replies · 734+ views
    Edmonton Sun ^ | August 23, 2009
    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that German troops would stay in Afghanistan until their goals were achieved, dismissing the possibility of setting a timeline for withdrawal. In an interview with ZDF television being aired Sunday night, provided in advance to the AP, Merkel said she could not commit to bringing the troops home in a specific timeframe. She said she wanted them home “as soon as possible” but not until the mission was complete. “We have a goal, and that is self-sustaining security for Afghanistan,” she said. She would not speculate on when that goal might be reached....
  • Aussies ready for a deadly welcome

    08/09/2009 6:41:01 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 954+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | August 10, 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    AFTER two days of intense preparation in searing 45-degree desert heat, Australia's newest band of brothers went to war under the command of 22-year-old Lieutenant Todd O'Callaghan. The troops from the Townsville-based 1st Battalion's Pioneer Platoon will face the most intense enemy threat of the seven-year campaign just 10 days out from crucial national elections. The Taliban launched four roadside bomb attacks against Diggers from the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force in Oruzgan Province over just 24 hours, wounding two men and damaging two armoured vehicles. The threat from the insidious weapons, known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs), has featured...
  • Jones: Strike shows 'family of nations' fighting terror

    08/09/2009 10:40:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 355+ views
    The Hill ^ | August 9, 2009 | Susan Crabtree
    U.S. officials believe Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a CIA drone attack last week, President Obama’s national security adviser said Sunday. “We think so,” Gen. James Jones told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding, “We put it in the 90 percent category.” Government officials in Pakistan said Friday they were still waiting for results of DNA analysis to ensure that the man killed Wednesday in an unmanned aerial vehicle strike is indeed Mehsud. Taliban officials have denied the death of the man targeted at the home of Mehsud’s father-in-law. If Mehsud was killed, Jones said it’s an important...
  • German Forces Launch Offensive in Northern Afghanistan

    08/02/2009 10:28:41 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 169 replies · 6,553+ views
    Several hundred Bundeswehr soldiers, backed by heavy “Marder” tanks and fighter jets, are currently helping about 1,200 Afghan National Army forces conduct major anti-terrorist operations near the Taliban stronghold of Chahar Dara, southwest of the city of Kunduz, where the bulk of Germany’s roughly 4,000 troops are stationed. The fighting--which started on Sunday and involves looking for Taliban / Al Qaeda fighters “village by village and house by house”--is expected to go on until at least next week. The Bundeswehr soldiers are part of the German-led NATO Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which provides force protection and serves as emergency back-up...
  • Colombia To Aid U.S. In Taliban Fight

    07/28/2009 3:33:35 PM PDT · by Flavius · 8 replies · 478+ views
    cbs ^ | July 27, 2009 | cbs
    CBS) U.S. forces are about to get some much-needed help as they fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, reports CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan in an exclusive report. The Colombian commandos are U.S. trained and battle-tested from having defeated terrorists in their own country. Ten years ago, they didn't even exist. Today, elite Colombian Special Operations troops are preparing to fight alongside the U.S. in Afghanistan, reports CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan.
  • Swedes kill three in Afghanistan fire fight

    07/24/2009 3:27:24 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 18 replies · 978+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 07/24/2009 | TT/The Local
    Swedish military forces were involved in a battle in Aqchah in northern Afghanistan on Thursday night. No Swedish soldiers have been reported injured. The battle began around 6.30pm on Thursday night when opposition groups ambushed the Swedish troops. The Swedes were in armoured wheeled vehicles and later received reinforcements from several soldiers in a Combat Vehicle 90. “The firefights were intermittant during the evening and night,” Veronica Sandström, press officer for the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten), told the TT news agency. The Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reported Friday that three members of the attacking troops were killed and an additional...
  • Romanians Prepare to End Iraq Mission

    06/23/2009 6:13:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq | Sgt. Allison Churchill, USA
    Col. Ion Manci (right), senior national representative, Romania, presents the Honor Emblem of the Romanian Land Forces to Lt. Col. Brian Pierce, Forward Operating Base Delta garrison commander, during a ceremony at the Romanian contingent headquarters, June 16. Manci also presented the award to Maj. Jennifer Finch, 41st Fires Brigade military intelligence officer-in-charge. Photo by Sgt. Allison Churchill, Multi-National Division – South. FOB DELTA — The Romanian contingent here recently signaled the end of their Army's operations in Wasit province with a ceremony at their headquarters building. The ceremony gave both the Romanians and U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to show...
  • German soldiers 'drink and complain too much to fight Taleban'

    06/16/2009 6:27:26 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 28 replies · 2,586+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | June 17, 2009 | Roger Boyes
    They have a beer ration of up to a litre a day, and wurst for dinner. Taleban or no Taleban, Germans take a little bit of home with them when they serve in trouble spots. Even their carefully sorted rubbish gets dumped in wheelie bins before being sent from Afghanistan to Germany for recycling. Now Germany’s most senior officer has berated his troops for going soft. “We cannot guarantee soldiers that they will have an all-round feel-good experience,” said General Wolfgang Schneiderhan. His outburst follows complaints made by German soldiers to the official ombudsman about their tours abroad. Some have...
  • $550 million-plus to be spent on Australian troops in Afghanistan

    06/15/2009 4:17:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 164+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16th June 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    MORE than $550 million will be spent during the next 12 months to better protect Australia's 1090 troops fighting in Afghanistan. The money will fund armoured vehicle improvements, protected living containers, more bomb disposal robots and boost spy plane flights targeting Taliban forces. The half-billion dollar taxpayer investment is by far the biggest chunk of a proposed financial "surge'' that will double annual military spending on Operation Slipper to $1.4 billion in 2009-2010. That is a massive $26,923,076 a week, or $3,835,616 for every day of operations. On a per head basis it amounts to $1,288,403 for every Australian soldier...
  • Dutch queen presents commando highest medal (equivalent to MoH or VC)

    06/14/2009 5:23:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 1,042+ views
    Queen Beatrix awarded a Dutch commando the country's highest military medal on Friday for his heroics leading an elite military unit in Afghanistan. Beatrix pinned the Willems Order cross and orange ribbon on Capt. Marco Kroon before slapping him on the left shoulder with her right hand to knight him at a ceremony in The Hague. It was the first time in more than 50 years that the medal has been awarded to an individual soldier. It also can be awarded to entire military units. Beatrix said Kroon showed "courage, discretion and dedication" in leading a commando unit in the...
  • Georgian troops may deploy with American units in Afghanistan

    The US ambassador to Georgia has made a statement regarding the involvement of the Georgian military contingent in the peace operation in Afghanistan. John Tefft said, the Georgian soldiers may deploy with the American, instead of the French soldiers. `There was the idea that the Georgian troops will deploy with the American troops in Afghanistan. It was discussed in the Defence Ministry in Washington, and I don`t still have a full report on this conversation`, the US ambassador said.
  • Britain 'cannot afford to send more troops to Afghanistan' because of the recession

    04/25/2009 5:48:34 AM PDT · by Flavius · 33 replies · 905+ views
    telegraph ^ | 24 Apr 2009 | James Kirkup
    Britain cannot afford to send more troops to Afghanistan because of the mounting costs of dealing with the recession, military commanders have been told.
  • Europe Praises Obama, Pledges Few Afghan Troops [What An Insult!]

    04/04/2009 4:55:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 861+ views
    AP Report ^ | April 04, 2009
    Europe praises Obama, pledges few Afghan troops STRASBOURG, France – European leaders enthusiastically praised President Barack Obama's new Afghan strategy at a NATO summit Saturday but held their ground on a central disagreement and offered only military trainers and extra security forces for upcoming elections. Violent anti-war protests that marred the alliance's 60th anniversary celebrations were a stark reminder that much of Europe has no appetite for the other, costlier half of Obama's Afghan equation: more combat troops. "I am pleased that our NATO allies pledged their strong and unanimous support for our new strategy," Obama said. "We'll need more...
  • France, Germany endorse Obama's Afghanistan plans (Totally misleading and biased title)

    04/04/2009 5:01:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 40 replies · 951+ views
    yahoo ^ | 4/4/2009 | DEBORAH SEWARD
    France and Germany fully endorsed President Barack Obama's new Afghan war strategy but continued to firmly resist U.S. demands for more combat troops on Saturday in a rift that overshadowed symbols of unity at NATO's 60th-anniversary summit. Obama told NATO leaders the alliance should remain open to new members, another stance that is likely to meet resistance from his allies. Germany, France and many other NATO nations believe that any more eastward expansion will further damage ties Russia that the alliance is trying hard to mend. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and two dozen other NATO leaders walked across a bridge...
  • NATO to Obama on troops: Molon Labe

    04/04/2009 8:03:43 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 6 replies · 523+ views
    Hot Air ^ | April 4, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Yesterday, I wrote about the abject failure of Barack Obama to use his “smart power” to shake loose any new troop commitments for Afghanistan from our NATO partners. In fact, while Obama prostrated himself in Europe, apologizing for American arrogance in the past, our allies were so unimpressed that only the French offered any new assistance at all to match the 17,000 additional troops the US has already added. They’ve pledged 300 more troops — and will not allow them to fight. Today, a few more troop commitments have trickled in … and when I say trickled, that’s exactly what...
  • British Army chief ready to send 2,000 more troops to Afghanistan

    03/26/2009 10:54:43 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 400+ views
    The Times ^ | 3/27/2009 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor, and Sam Coates
    The head of the Army is ready to send up to 2,000 extra troops to Afghanistan amid fears that the US-led mission will struggle without significant reinforcements. General Sir Richard Dannatt told The Times yesterday that elements of 12 Mechanised Brigade — which had been training for deployment to Iraq but were later stood down — had been “earmarked for Afghanistan”. Downing Street is involved in discussions about a surge. An increase of about 2,000 would take Britain’s troop strength to 10,000. Any decision would require Cabinet approval. President Obama will announce today an extra 17,000 US troops and a...
  • Poland plans to send more troops to Afghanistan

    03/21/2009 7:36:30 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 10 replies · 558+ views
    Xinhua ^ | March 19, 2009
    The Polish government plans to strengthen Poland's military contingent in Afghanistan this spring, Defense Minister Bogdan Klich said on Wednesday. "We have already started work on a related motion to the president," the minister was quoted as saying by Polish news agency PAP. An additional 400 soldiers will be deployed in Afghanistan, where Poland commands the province of Ghazni, reported daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Poland currently has 1,600 soldiers in that country. According to the defense minister, the increase could be possible at the turn of May and June when the 5th shift of Polish soldiers would leave for Afghanistan....
  • Estonia Ends Mission in Iraq (Allies)

    02/10/2009 3:07:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 366+ views
    An Estonian Army Soldier holds his Order of the Spur certificate, a traditional U.S. Army cavalry award, during a farewell ceremony at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 12. The Estonian Soldiers completed their six-month tour in Iraq, during which they served as a vital force in eroding the capabilities of enemy forces in the area by exploiting weapons caches. Due to the increased security and stability in Iraq, the Republic of Estonia has transitioned its forces from Coalition operations to the NATO training mission in Iraq. Photo by Spc. Christopher Long. BAGHDAD — Due to the increased security and...
  • Taliban release tape of Polish engineer’s death

    02/08/2009 11:04:56 AM PST · by lizol · 46 replies · 7,989+ views
    thenews.pl ^ | 08.02.2009
    Taliban release tape of Polish engineer’s death Created: 08.02.2009 19:39 A video tape showing the last moments of the Polish captive in Pakistan, killed on Saturday by the Taliban, has been handed into the Reuters office in the north western town of Dera Ismail Khan. The tape shows two men cutting off the head of Piotr Stanczak, a Polish engineer who was kidnapped by the Taliban last September in the Attock region, near the border with Afghanistan. A statement by the Taliban in Pakistan on Saturday said that they would not be delivering the body of the engineer unless certain...
  • Germany, France dodge Afghanistan troop issue (Biden seeking more European troop deployments)

    02/07/2009 10:24:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 515+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/09 | David Rising and George Jahn - ap
    MUNICH – NATO's top official chastised Germany and France for refusing to commit more troops to Afghanistan, but the two European powers skirted the issue Saturday even while agreeing that Washington should not be left to fight international conflicts alone. Vice President Joe Biden came to the Munich Security Conference amid expectations he would forcefully repeat President Barack Obama's calls for greater European troop deployments in Afghanistan, as Washington prepares to double American troops there to roughly 60,000. But Biden kept his Afghan comments general in an apparent attempt to avoid a public dispute among allies.
  • President Bush awards Tony Blair Presidential Medal of Freedom

    01/13/2009 12:47:23 PM PST · by bethybabes69 · 11 replies · 708+ views
    President Bush tonight awarded America’s highest civilian honour to Tony Blair in a ceremony at the White House. The outgoing President said Mr Blair was “a true friend of the United States” before hanging the Presidential Medal of Freedom around his neck. The former Prime Minister stood in front of the President as the medal was bestowed upon him. “He will stand tall in history,” President Bush said.
  • John Howard receives US Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush

    01/13/2009 12:57:52 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 544+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 14th January 2009
    JOHN Howard has been presented with America's highest civilian award by George W. Bush. The former prime minister grinned as the US President placed the Presidential Medal of Freedom around his neck this morning. He was honoured at the White House along with former British prime minister Tony Blair and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
  • Another year in Afghanistan for Japan

    12/12/2008 6:40:33 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 444+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | December 12 2008
    Japan has announced it is extending its military mission in Afghanistan by another year. The decision was taken despite fierce resistance from the opposition. The Japanese navy provides logistical support to the international coalition in Afghanistan, including refuelling warships in the Indian Ocean.
  • Ukrainians Complete Mission in Iraq

    12/11/2008 3:25:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 393+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Rodney Foliente, USA
    Ukrainian Soldiers roll their national flag prior to casing it during an End of Mission ceremony at Camp Echo, Dec. 9, 2008. Photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. CAMP ECHO — An End of Mission ceremony was held here for the Ukrainian Army, Dec. 9. More than 5,000 Ukrainian servicemembers served in Iraq during Ukraine’s five years of service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.“Enduring peace, stability and prosperity are common values to fight for in the modern world. Your mission in Iraq has been successfully completed,” said Viktor Nedopas, Charge d’Affairs of the Ukrainian Embassy...
  • PRIME MINISTER HARPER PARTICIPATES IN “TREES FOR TROOPS” (+ 35 mins extra phone time at Christmas.)

    12/06/2008 4:55:31 PM PST · by fanfan · 13 replies · 409+ views
    Email | December 05, 2008 | CFB PETAWAWA
    PRIME MINISTER HARPER PARTICIPATES IN “TREES FOR TROOPS” Provides an additional 35 minutes of free phone time for overseas Canadian Forces personnel CFB PETAWAWA – The families of Canadian Forces Personnel serving overseas will be receiving Christmas trees thanks to a generous donation from the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association. “Nothing sustains the morale of our brave men and women in uniform more than the knowledge that the people back home appreciate the often difficult and dangerous work they do for us,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper who participated in the ‘Trees for Troops’ event. “This is a genuinely kind...
  • Czech Republic at End of Mission

    12/06/2008 7:47:38 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 714+ views
    TAJI — The Czech contingent, Senior Iraqi and Coalition partners gathered at the Iraqi Army Armor School here Dec. 4 to mark the Czech Republic end-of-mission and to recognize the Czechs for their work training and advising the Iraqi Army. Czech Republic Army Maj. Frantisek Grmela commanded 14 Soldiers who served as trainers and advisors to the IraqiArmy Armor School at Taji for the past six months. Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq TAJI — The Czech contingent, Senior Iraqi and Coalition partners gathered at the Iraqi Army Armor School here Dec. 4 to mark the Czech Republic end-of-mission and...
  • South Koreans end operations in Iraq

    12/02/2008 3:35:28 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 297+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 3, 2008 | Hwang Hae-rym and Teri Weaver
    SEOUL — The title of Monday’s news release from the South Korean Ministry of National Defense said it all — "Goodbye Irbil." On Monday, South Korea formally ended its operations in Iraq, the release said. South Korean troops have conducted peacekeeping and humanitarian missions in Irbil, in northern Iraq, since September 2004. The country expects to withdraw all of the remaining 500 troops by Dec. 20, according to the ministry. The Zaytun Division — named after an Arabic word for olive — once numbered 3,300 and ranked third-largest among Coalition Forces. It was the largest troop overseas deployment from South...
  • Germany to boost Afghanistan role

    10/16/2008 3:12:23 PM PDT · by austrian · 9 replies · 399+ views
    Germany's parliament has voted to extend the country's military mission in Afghanistan and to deploy an extra 1,000 troops there. The decision will keep German troops in Afghanistan until December 2009, boosting their number to 4,500. Germany is the third-biggest contributor to the 47,000-strong Nato-led force. The plan put forward by Chancellor Angela Merkel was overwhelmingly approved by members of the lower house. The motion was backed by 442 MPs, while 96 voted against it and there were 32 abstentions. The move already has the support of the upper chamber of parliament. "This decision contributes to the stabilisation and peaceful...
  • France's Sarkozy arrives in Kabul

    08/19/2008 10:21:15 PM PDT · by flyfree · 3 replies · 148+ views
    President Nicolas Sarkozy has arrived in Afghanistan to support French troops a day after one of the deadliest attacks on France's forces abroad. Ten French soldiers were killed and 21 injured in an ambush by Taleban fighters east of the capital, Kabul. Mr Sarkozy said France was committed to the fight against terrorism, and the mission in Afghanistan would continue.
  • Insurgents Kill 10 French Troops in Afghanistan Attack

    08/19/2008 4:35:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 184+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2008 – Ten French soldiers were killed in Afghanistan when their patrol was attacked by Taliban fighters in Kabul province during fighting that spanned from late yesterday until early today, U.S. officials said. Twenty-one other French troops were wounded in the engagement, which reportedly involved up to 100 insurgents, according to a NATO news release. Afghan security forces were with the French soldiers when enemy fighters attacked. “As I understand it, it was a complex attack involving multiple weapons systems, small arms, mortars, rockets, and [it] lasted for several hours,” senior Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters...
  • Ten French soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    08/19/2008 4:07:50 AM PDT · by Republicain · 70 replies · 712+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/19/2008
    KABUL (AFP) - Ten French soldiers were killed in battles with the Taliban near the Afghan capital, a French presidency source said Tuesday, as troops thwarted a second attack on a key US military base in as many days. Military officials in Kabul said the fierce clashes started with an attack Monday on an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol in Sarobi district, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the capital Kabul. The French source, who requested anonymity, said the soldiers were killed following a "Taliban ambush". Most of the 3,000 French troops participating in the 40-nation ISAF are...
  • British ready to boost Afghan deployment

    08/07/2008 8:51:06 PM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies · 97+ views
    National Post, with files from the Daily Telegraph ^ | 2008-08-07 | Chris Wattie, Thomas Harding
    British ready to boost Afghan deploymentMove would help Canadians stationed in south AfghanistanBritish officials strongly hinted that they may increase troop numbers in Afghanistan, a move that would be a boon to Canadian forces in the region. The British Defence Minister strongly hinted on Thursday that he was prepared to significantly boost the number of troops sent to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. British military officials are believed to have been in discussions about increasing the number of troops to 14,000 from 8,200 -- a move that would be good news for Canadian troops fighting the hard-line Islamic insurgents in...
  • French Soldiers Engaging Talibans-(check it out)

    07/26/2008 4:45:01 AM PDT · by Flavius · 17 replies · 218+ views
    you tube ^ | 7/25/08 | Mysticplace
    This video is subtitled with English Subtitles . viedo at post 2
  • Denmark paying to help rebuild mosques in Afghanistan

    06/28/2008 11:11:38 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 10 replies · 168+ views
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | 26.06.2008 | Staff
    As part of the regeneration of Afghanistan, Denmark has renovated and rebuilt nine mosques and is building a new one in Helmand province Danish soldiers have been hard at work in the regeneration program for Afghanistan. But what the locals want more than hospitals and schools is a place of prayer. As a result, the Danes have helped renovate and rebuild nine mosques in Helmand province and are building another large one in the town of Rahim Kalay. 'We met with the locals and offered to help with the regeneration. One of the very first things they wanted was a...
  • Brown Comes through on Iran Sanctions, Afghan Troop increase

    06/17/2008 4:24:23 AM PDT · by Renfield · 95+ views
    American Thinket ^ | 6-17-08 | Rick Moran
    There were questions surrounding Gordon Brown when he became Great Britain's Prime Minister. Taking office with echoes of "lap dog" following his predecessor Tony Blair, many wondered just how committed Brown would be to the "Special Relationship" between the US and Great Britain and whether he would initiate a more independent course in foreign affairs. Brown may yet eschew supporting the US on many issues. But on increasing sanctions on Iran and sending additional troops to Afghanistan - two things the US devoutly wished Brown would accede to - the British Prime Minister has come through.....
  • Britain Will Send More Troops to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Says

    06/16/2008 4:13:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 86+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 16, 2008 – The United Kingdom will increase the number of troops it contributes to the coalition effort in Afghanistan, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced today. Brown made the announcement during a joint news conference with President Bush in London. The two leaders also discussed a range of issues, including Iraq and Iran. “We have resolved, first of all, as we did some years ago, that it is in the British national interest to confront the Taliban in Afghanistan or Afghanistan would come to us,” Brown said. “And so today, Britain will announce additional troops for...
  • Canada can’t withdraw from Afghanistan by deadline: senators

    06/11/2008 4:29:35 PM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies · 74+ views
    Canwest News Service via National Post ^ | 2008-06-11 | Mike Blanchfield and Peter O’Neil
    OTTAWA -- Conservative and Liberal senators cast doubt Wednesday that Canada will be able to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by 2011 as planned. The Senate's national security and defence committee also urged the government to ease its stance against negotiating with the Taliban, warning that the war could drag on for years without diplomatic intervention, although Conservative members of the panel opposed that position. "I don't think all the troops will be out of there in 2011," said Conservative Senator Michael Meighen, vice-chair of the committee, referring to parts of Afghanistan as "medieval." "I don't think there's any chance...
  • France agrees to more troops in Afghanistan

    04/02/2008 2:12:07 PM PDT · by fanfan · 22 replies · 66+ views
    CTV News ^ | Wed. Apr. 2 2008 4:55 PM ET | CTV.ca News Staff
    France has agreed to deploy a battalion of new troops to Afghanistan, a NATO spokesperson announced Wednesday. The Prime Minister's Office confirmed with CTV News that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has offered a battalion of soldiers -- normally around 700-800 troops -- to be deployed to the eastern region of Afghanistan. The announcement comes from just before the opening of a NATO leaders summit in Bucharest, Romania. "And the Americans, we are told by the PMO, have agreed to boost their resources as well," reported CTV's Graham Richardson in Bucharest. The U.S. troops, expected to number 1,000, are expected to...
  • Bush trying to bolster confidence, commitment toward war in Afghanistan (Time to Step up, Allies!)

    03/31/2008 1:23:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 161+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/31/08 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Bush wants to bolster the multinational fight in Afghanistan by reminding NATO allies that the war is in their interest – and by persuading them to send more troops into battle. But this will be a challenge for Bush, who was en route to Ukraine Monday at the start of a trip that will also lead to Romania, Croatia and Russia. The NATO alliance is strained currently and is engaged in soul-searching about its place and mission in a rapidly changing world. Beyond Afghanistan, Bush is trying to score a breakthrough on a U.S.-based missile defense system...
  • France pledges Afghanistan troops

    03/26/2008 12:31:50 PM PDT · by Rikstir · 21 replies · 431+ views
    bbc news online ^ | 26th March 08 | bbc news
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said he will send more troops to Afghanistan to support Nato's mission. Mr Sarkozy, who is on a state visit to Britain, said he would make the offer at next week's Nato summit in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. Nato leaders have frequently called on member countries to contribute more soldiers to the mission in Afghanistan. The Nato-led International Security and Assistance Force (Isaf) currently has over 43,000 personnel in Afghanistan. In a speech to the British parliament in London, Mr Sarkozy said defeat to Taleban insurgents was not an option. "In Afghanistan something essential is...
  • Sarkozy to pledge 1,000 more French troops for Afghanistan: report

    03/22/2008 1:58:21 AM PDT · by Republicain · 20 replies · 608+ views
    AFP via Yahoonews ^ | 03/21/2008
    LONDON (AFP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy will tell British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during a state visit next week that he plans to send an extra 1,000 French soldiers to Afghanistan, the Times reported Saturday. One anonymous senior minister told the paper that Britain's Ministry of Defence is working on the assumption that Sarkozy will reveal a deployment of "slightly more than 1,000 troops to the eastern region" to fight the Taliban. Sarkozy wants to underline his commitment to NATO during the visit but a formal announcement may not be made until a NATO summit in Bucharest next month, the...
  • Canada eyes Afghan exit by 2011

    02/22/2008 1:53:47 PM PST · by Rikstir · 13 replies · 127+ views
    bbc online ^ | 22/2/08 | bbc online
    The 2,500 Canadian troops deployed in south Afghanistan are due to leave within four years under a proposal likely to be passed by parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who leads a minority Conservative government, unveiled the plan under pressure from the Liberal opposition. The Liberals were pushing for an even earlier withdrawal and for Canada's troops to play a non-combat role. At least 78 Canadians have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002. The new schedule sees all soldiers leaving the violent Kandahar region by the end of 2011. "It seems clear that we have moved significantly toward the kind of...
  • France to send more troops to Afghanistan

    France to send more troops to Afghanistan: report Updated Tue. Feb. 26 2008 5:31 PM ET CTV.ca News Staff France may be sending hundreds of ground troops to eastern Afghanistan to help NATO-led forces in the battle against Taliban insurgents, a French newspaper is reporting. The move comes as Canada has been appealing its NATO allies for troop reinforcements in the more dangerous southern region of Afghanistan. The Le Monde report said the French move is part of a new Afghan policy being worked out by President Nicholas Sarkozy. France has just under 2,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan, but most...
  • Gates Connects NATO Afghanistan Effort With Terror Threat in Europe

    02/10/2008 10:33:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 62+ views
    MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 10, 2008 – The war on terror in Afghanistan is Europe’s war, too, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. During a speech at the 44th Munich Conference on Security Policy, Gates spoke directly to Europeans about the dangers al Qaeda and other jihadist groups pose to them. “The threat posed by violent Islamic extremism is real, and it is not going away,” Gates said. Gates said that while European government leaders understand the threats, public support in Europe for the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan is weak because many people on the continent don’t connect the...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy offers French troops to join Canadians in fighting the Taleban in Kandahar

    02/08/2008 9:03:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 65 replies · 230+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/09/08 | Michael Evans
    February 9, 2008 Nicolas Sarkozy offers French troops to join Canadians in fighting the Taleban in Kandahar Michael Evans, Defence Editor President Sarkozy rode to the rescue of beleaguered Nato forces in southern Afghanistan yesterday when he offered to deploy French troops alongside Canadians in Kandahar. The French leader has been the most forthcoming of Nato leaders in answering the urgent call to help the troops fighting Taleban insurgents. After Canada’s repeated warnings that it would pull its 2,500 troops out of Kandahar if no other alliance member came to support them, France has been the only country to hint...
  • Poland remains loyal in Afghanistan (see cool pictures and videos of Polish military)

    02/08/2008 3:26:41 PM PST · by lizol · 14 replies · 280+ views
    polskieradio.pl ^ | 08.02.2008 | Aleksander Kropiwnicki
    Poland remains loyal in Afghanistan 08.02.2008 Poland will strengthen its troops in Afghanistan, informs RZECZPOSPOLITA. Review by Aleksander Kropiwnicki As Bogdan Klich, the Polish Defense Minister announced last Thursday during the NATO meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, by July 2008 the number of Polish soldiers based in Afghanistan would be as high as 1600. ‘NATO cannot lose in Afghanistan if it doesn’t want to cause a new wave of terrorist attacks in the West’, warned in Vilnius Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the General Secretary of NATO, quoted by RZECZPOSPOLITA. All the Polish troops in Afghanistan will be concentrated in one region...
  • Afghanistan 'may split up Nato'

    02/06/2008 7:25:54 PM PST · by traumer · 18 replies · 83+ views
    US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned the future of Nato is at risk due to differences over Afghanistan and that it may become a two-tier alliance. Mr Gates said that without more sharing of the burden of counter-insurgency in Afghanistan, the willingness of those engaged in combat would disappear. Most of the fighting in the volatile south of the country is being done by the US, UK, Canada and the Netherlands. His comments came as Germany announced it would send 200 troops to the north. Map of main troop deployments German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung said the rapid...
  • The One Time We WANT To See German Troops...

    02/03/2008 12:00:32 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 3 replies · 130+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 3, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Germany’s refusal to send their Afghanistan-based troops into the volatile Southern provinces is symptom of much larger issues. By standing on the sidelines, the Germans join so-called NATO members Italy, Turkey, and that fierce-fighting nation France in supporting the War on Terror in words and little action...
  • Germany to remain in northern Afghanistan

    02/01/2008 1:30:02 PM PST · by Clive · 17 replies · 844+ views
    BERLIN - German troops are staying in the calmer northern regions of Afghanistan, the defence minister said Friday, despite pleas from Canada and the United States for more military muscle to help fight insurgents in the south. "I have a clear mandate from the German parliament," German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung told reporters Friday. "It consists of 3,500 soldiers serving along the northern border and only helping out in the south for a limited period of time, as needed." Jung made the remarks in response to a letter from U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates seeking more substantial help in...