Afghanistan War

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Why Should Canadians Care About Hekmatyar?

This past weekend, after 20 years of banishment, Hekmatyar reappeared in eastern Afghanistan in the province of Laghman. Early images and videos show a lineup of Afghan men in military uniform and turban kissing Hekmatyar's hands. Whether it is a sign of allegiance to the returned warlord or a sign of respect to the so-called Warrior of God, remains to be determined.
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The Man Who Saved My Life In Afghanistan Is Forever My Brother

The attack was the signal for a carefully laid Taliban ambush. Villagers scattered in all directions as the platoon came under withering fire from across the river, but amazingly there were no other casualties. Kevin called in for a dustoff chopper and ordered that smoke grenades be popped to mark our position but they landed too far away, so Kevin helped hustle my 200-pound carcass over a hundred metres to the chopper, where my Canadian stretcher had to be shoehorned into the American Black Hawk.
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Why There is Little Hope for Progress in Afghanistan

The collapse of talks aimed at producing a truce between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates has rekindled fears of ethnic unrest in the war-torn nation, according to a recent Reuters report. But if truth be told, Afghanistan has little chance of stabilizing politically or seeing significant economic progress with or without the power-sharing deal that was being brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
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Canada Lost Afghan War, Author Says

OTTAWA - It may yet serve as the epitaph to Canada's nearly 12-year involvement in Afghanistan.In his long-awaited book about the Afghan war, Graeme Smith writes what others have long thought but rare...
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'Going To Be A Hell Of A Challenge'

OTTAWA - The final rotation of Canadian troops destined for the training mission in Afghanistan began to trickle into the war-ravaged country as NATO planners face the challenge of recovering thousand...

Cry About Afghanistan, Then Do Something About It

A woman asked me one day after an upbeat book talk I gave, "Do you ever get sad?" I said yes, "I cry about war. Then I dry my eyes and I do something about it." Most of my friends cry too when they watch anything to do with the Holocaust and other world atrocities past and present. The main thing is to then do something to reverse it. Apathy is also the enemy. What we need to do in order to ensure literacy is to have a cavalry of businesses coming to do trade with nations like Afghanistan. Buy their saffron, buy their essential oils, buy anything so that a farmer can buy books and shoes for his children and not have their children taken away by oppressors.
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Another $227 Million To Afghanistan

OTTAWA - Canada and other major donors sought to assure Afghanistan that development aid will not dry up when foreign troops leave the country by pledging billions of dollars through 2015, on the cond...