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Why Should Canadians Care About Hekmatyar?

Ali Mirzad | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Ali Mirzad

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.

Taliban Chop Off Suspected Thief's Hand, Foot

The Associated Press | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada

It happened in a remote area of the western Herat province.

Canada Calls For Release Of Couple Captive In Afghanistan Since 2012

CP | Rob Gillies, The Associated Press | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada

A new video appears to show Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlin Coleman begging their governments to intervene.

Canadian-American Couple Kidnapped In Afghanistan Seen In New Video

CP | Amir Shah, The Associated Press | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada

The video, currently being examined by the U.S., shows Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012.

We Need Unity In The Face Of Attacks On Education In Afghanistan

Lauryn Oates | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Lauryn Oates

Militaries come and go, regimes rise and fall. But the social change that comes from education is irreversible. Every teacher capable of inculcating curiosity in a young mind, every individual who persists in questioning, every student who learns new ideas and spreads them to others, is a menace to the Taliban's plans.

Kabul Bomber Kills Guards On Way To Work At Canadian Embassy

CP | Rahim Faiez, The Associated Press | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Politics

The bomber was on foot when he struck a minibus carrying the security guards.

The Man Who Saved My Life In Afghanistan Is Forever My Brother

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 05.06.2017 | Canada Living
Capt. Trevor Greene

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.

Taliban Claims Responsibility For Deadly Pakistan Bombing

CP | Zarar Khan, The Associated Press | Posted 03.27.2016 | Canada

A spokesman for the group said Christians were intentionally targeted.

God Sends Memo To U. S. Presidential Candidates

David Martin | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Please stop insulting, trashing and schlonging your fellow candidates. That's not the Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu or Buddhist thing to do. And please, please, please don't use my name to promote a pro-gun agenda. I've worked for millennia to build a peace-loving reputation and I don't need you undermining it.

Taliban Says It Released Canadian Hostage On Humanitarian Grounds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Politics

Colin Rutherford was on a private vacation in Afghanistan when he was seized by the Taliban in November 2010.

Canadian Captured By Taliban In 2010 Has Been Freed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion announced Colin Rutherford's release in a brief statement.

Religious Fanatics Are Dragging My City of Peshawar Back to the Dark Ages

Murtaza Haider | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Slowly, but surely, I see my ancestral city die a slow death at the hands of religious fanatics. From Boko Haram in Nigeria, who kidnapped 276 young girls from a school in April 2014, to the TTP, who has repeatedly attacked schoolchildren in Pakistan, the Islamic fundamentalists are systematically attacking schools and students. Their goal is to deprive the future generation of Muslims of education and return them back to the dark ages. It is time for the West to right the wrongs and help save Peshawar from the apocalyptic mercenaries.

School Attacked, More Than 140 Dead

CP | Riaz Khan, The Associated Press | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 14...

What Afghans Can Teach Canadians About Terrorism Response

Lauryn Oates | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

It was strange to receive the news in a country where terror is an every day occurrence, that a deranged jihadist had shed blood on Canadian soil, rampaging through our normally peaceful capital, on the heels of another attack days earlier in Montreal. I knew, too, that the people of Afghanistan would have sound advice to offer Canadians.

Why There is Little Hope for Progress in Afghanistan

Ivey Business School | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada
Ivey Business School

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.

Why Food Aid Fuels International Conflict

Patricia Adams | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Adams

As much as 80 per cent of humanitarian aid can be stolen en route. Most often, rebel groups will set up road blocks and "tax" the aid agencies wishing to deliver the aid. In effect, the aid agencies directly support rebel groups by feeding them or providing them with goods that can be traded for arms or other services.

Pakistan Doesn't Need Martial Law Again, But Thanks

Iman Sheikh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Iman Sheikh

Splintering the TTP from the middle is a major coup, and analysts say that breaking up the TTP over the issue of talks was always part of the government's strategy. Things may get worse before they get better but Prime Minister Sharif needs to keep the lines of communication with TTP open. Taliban insurgents have been attempting to destabilize the government for over 10 years. Peace will not come overnight, but it will come only through a democratically elected government, however self-serving.

Couple Captured By Taliban Pleaded For Help In 2012 Videos

CP | Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last y...

Boko Haram-Type Groups Exist in Every Muslim Society

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Boko Haram may seem like a remote African tribe that abducts girls, threatens to kill them, and marries them off against their will. Some introspection would reveal that the same tendencies are alive and instrumental in all Muslim societies.

Why the Afghanistan Mission Was Worth It

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

I have seen firsthand the incredible transformations that have taken place in Afghanistan over the past decade. Wherever your views stand on Canada's participation in NATO's mission in Afghanistan, the available evidence shows that without a doubt, life for most Afghans is dramatically better today than it was under Taliban rule

Taliban Claims 'Defeat' Of Canadian Army

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics

KABUL - A round of goodbye messages are following the last Canadian troops out the door in Afghanistan and some of them are rather nasty.The Taliban's...

Canada Must Do More to Protect These Persecuted Christians

Farzana Hassan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Farzana Hassan

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the latest attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, stating it was taking revenge for US drone strikes. This comment is telling. Taliban schooled in a medieval worldview do not see past religious identities. Instead of viewing their Pakistani Christian citizens as fellow countrymen, they see them as an extension of the Christian West and therefore "the other."

Afghanistan's Real Tragedy

Lauryn Oates | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is how little much of the world knows about the tremendous progress made in Afghanistan over the past decade, and just how much is at stake. This is not yet another chapter in an unending story of a country perpetually on the brink of self-implosion.

Afghanistan Rising: Why the Taliban Must be Kept Out of Kabul

Roberta Staley | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Roberta Staley

In Afghanistan, the key to personal security is to stay a moving and elusive target: never stick to a routine, move quickly and unobtrusively. This was not only for our safety, but the safety of those we met. Fraternizing with Westerners can draw the wrath of local Taliban -- members recently beheaded two children in Kandahar province to warn citizens of the danger of collaborating with the Afghanistan government.

Canada Should Join the U.S. in Taliban Peace Talks

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Yesterday, they were called terrorists. Today, the Taliban are a force the Americans are ready to recognize in public. Talking with, and not merely to, the Taliban will be the first step towards giving Afghans, Pushtuns and others, a chance to heal and rebuild a state and a society of their choice.