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Frustration for U.S. troops in Kandahar

Trying to made headway in Taliban birthplace


 

About two weeks ago Canada turned over responsibility for Zhari, a lush farming district west of Kandahar city, to the U.S. army. It’s part of the gradual curtailing of Canada’s role in Kandahar before next year’s planned full Canadian military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Zhari is seen as the cradle of the Taliban insurgency. Now, early American news accounts of the challenge facing Western forces there are emerging. This Washington Post story reports on U.S. efforts to persuade local leaders to back the weak Afghan government, and not the Taliban. The challenge, as the Canadians learned, is that the Taliban has a “stranglehold on the population” and the locals are angry about the foreign military presence. Frustration comes through in the story of how a tribal council tentatively suggested sending locals on U.S. patrols, then dropped the promising idea. “When it came time to decide,” says a U.S. commander, “everyone stepped back.”

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Frustration for U.S. troops in Kandahar

  1. Let's think about this. The Taliban have a "stranglehold" on the area.
    The tribal leaders have asked several of the locals to accompany U.S. soldiers on their patrols. These locals, totally aware of the Taliban's understanding nature when it comes to collaberating with the enemy, have none the less refused to accompany the soldiers. Do you think it was just probably 'cause the weather was bad or somethin'? Yea, that's probably it; it was rainin' or cold or somethin'!

  2. "With only around 2,500 Canadian troops patrolling the entire province until last year, the Taliban, for years had virtual free reign around Kandahar. When U.S. troops arrived there in Spring 2009, they disturbed something of a hornets' nest."
    – A world view of our military contribution to the Afghanistan effort. Too bad our CF Generals were so intent on creating and selling their "war" to Canadians at a cost of close to 2 companies of soldiers. All Canadians did was die in a shitty country for natural gas exploration. www. reuters.com /article/idUSTRE6682YT20100710 –

  3. "With only around 2,500 Canadian troops patrolling the entire province until last year, the Taliban, for years had virtual free reign around Kandahar. When U.S. troops arrived there in Spring 2009, they disturbed something of a hornets' nest." – A world view of our military contribution to the Afghanistan effort.

  4. Maclean's has been deleting comments on this story that R E U T E R S posted on July 10th, titled "Slow, deadly road to peace for U.S. troops in Kandahar," in which the Canadian contribution was very justly weighed, without the CF propaganda group having their say in it. We have lost almost 2 companies of good soldiers because of our silly generals playing at "war," when the last time I checked, our country was not at war. We are there to help natural gas exploitation, that is the "Canadian Interest" that is quoted so often.

  5. Here is what a real news agency says about Canadian contribution in Afghanistan. Follow this link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6682YT20100
    "With only around 2,500 Canadian troops patrolling the entire province until last year, the Taliban, for years had virtual free reign around Kandahar. When U.S. troops arrived there in Spring 2009, they disturbed something of a hornets' nest."
    Canadians have a propaganda-inflated sense of their worth, and it is the because of the shitty glory-seeking leadership from our generals, and their "tiger teams" of majors and captains. We will lose about 2 companies-worth of working Canadians for their self-described "war." The last time I checked, we were not at war, we are playing at it.

  6. mc stanley managed to leave war in afghanistan alive.. you are smart mc stanley.

  7. How would we respond to a heavily armed military force landing in North America to force us all to change whatever we believed…….and worse took us into custody for doing what we had been doing for hundreds of years? How would we respond to North American citizens who helped them?
    Ken

  8. The war will never be won, militarily. There must be a reconciliation between the Taliban and the so-called government in Kabul, including the war-lords. But, how? Perhaps a UN Peace keeping force could be agereed upon by all parties, while negotiations happen?

  9. When you need the enemy to identify the enemy, you've already lost.
    This IS , now, year 9 and 'we' know little more than we did a decade ago.

    Leave while you can still retrieve the goodies.