Along with deaths, grievous injuries -

Along with deaths, grievous injuries

A look at soldiers wounded in Afghanistan


The Canadian government’s policy is to release figures on troops injured in Afghanistan only once a year, a dry statistic released every Dec. 31 that has tended to deflect attention away from disturbing details. But this story takes a close look at seven months of battlefield wounds from 2008, based on reports usually kept under wraps. It’s interesting to note that during the period examined, Gen. Walter Natynczyk visited Kandahar, just a month after taking over as chief of defence staff. After a five-day tour he touted “significant progress” in an upbeat assessment of the security situation in the southern province. In fact, the days just before and after his visit were extraordinarily tough ones for his troops. Thirteen of them suffered injuries from July 4 to July 19 that year, in 10 separate incidents. Over the entire seventh-month period examined here, the Canadians were taking casualties at least once every three days.

Toronto Star

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  1. Natynczyk obviously came in with a new strategy. The issue of casualties was not on the agenda, but a facedown leading to quick withdrawal has been. Issues in casualties and troop safety in strategies related to this type of action in Canadain Millitary strategy has been a quick strike issue with several points of millitary signifcance taken at a time of contention and with speed and stealth. The method is seen as a part of an old way of doing things and Natynczyk has patterned himself after Rommel who wrote several books on the fast strike method which was common among Aboriginal forces in Canada as well. The technique is effective since it builds on a political goals of supporting those who wish to persue peacefull goals and self determination. A move to sanity and to a war not marked by foolish years of attrition but by a winning of the people's support of a resolution to conflict with the goal of fewer casualties over the long run. I understand his goals but they don't show well politically in some cases until the diplomatic clearance of the war becomes evident.

  2. as terrible as these deaths are, one cannot help but muse about the fact that the number of people the allies have lost total in this entire ten year war is about the same amount we lost in about a minute at the somme.

    • So whats that say, considering its correct? A make believe military? At least its bilingual,eh? Must be, there is nothing but constant whining. More money , more pension, more heros.

      • not whining, as the death of a soldier is still a tragedy as it always is. im just putting things into a little perspective. what do you mean by a make believe military exactly?

  3. Enough is enough. Our young people are being killed and maimed in Afghanistan to bring "democracy" to stone-age Radical Muslims who don't want it.
    Meanwhile, thanks to stupid immigration policies, radical Islamic groups get stronger every day in Canada, the U.S. and Western Europe. Every single politician that still supports open immigration, especially from terrorist-producing nations is an ally of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. No exceptions, no excuses.

    • i think the thousands of women attending school for the first time might disagree with you.