Murray Brewster, THE CANADIAN PRESS

French company aims for Canadian combat vehicles

OTTAWA - A French defence contractor that hopes to sell close combat vehicles to the Canadian army says it has lined up Canadian companies to do much of the work.Nexter Group Systems submitted two bids last month for the program, which is ballparked at $2.2 billion and was originally announced a...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:15 AM

Will West pay for Afghan Army post-2014?

OTTAWA - The commander of the Canadian army says he doubts the international community will have the cash or the political stomach after 2014 to sustain the sprawling Afghan security force being trained by NATO allies.Lt.-Gen. Peter Devlin, the chief of land staff, recently returned from Kabul...

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 10:39 PM

Chopper maker faces $80 million in fines

OTTAWA - The manufacturer of the air force's new maritime helicopter has told National Defence it will deliver only five test aircraft this year — opening the door to tens of millions of dollars in fines on a project the auditor general has said is late and over budget.Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 11:17 PM

Computer search bad sign in spy scandal: Wark

OTTAWA - The relocation of portions of the military's East Coast intelligence centre is an ominous sign that Canada's security services haven't reached the bottom of a spy scandal involving a junior naval officer, a noted expert on espionage said Wednesday.National Defence acknowledged earlier this...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 10:23 PM

Military relocates intelligence centre

OTTAWA - A handful of staff at the military's principal East Coast intelligence centre have been relocated following a spy scandal involving a junior naval officer.A senior official in Defence Minister Peter MacKay's office would not say how many people have moved, but that it has been conducted as...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12:06 AM

Ottawa frustrated by inability to prosecute pirates

OTTAWA - The Harper government has wanted the navy to play a bigger role in battling Somali pirates in the waters off East Africa, but has been stymied about what to do with potential prisoners, documents reveal.The international effort to contain the pirating of commercial shipping in the Gulf of...

Monday, January 23, 2012, 11:56 PM

Veterans, public reflect on Afghan war

OTTAWA - The first Remembrance Day following the end of the Canadian combat mission finds many veterans disillusioned with the Conservative government, despite its promises of cash and its words of support for the troops.This hardened cadre is refusing to go quietly into history, concerned that...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 9:52 PM

Reporters hugging and applauding Canadian athletes raises objectivity concerns

WHISTLER, B.C. - An email note this week to television reporters and personalities with the rights to cover the 2010 Vancouver Games was succinct and sobering: Don't hug Canadian athletes.Bursting displays of patriotism among journalists over the last two weeks have given the country some cringe-...

Sunday, February 28, 2010, 2:28 AM

Diplomat-whistleblower says he faces government retaliation

OTTAWA - Richard Colvin, the whistleblower-diplomat in the Afghan detainee issue, says he believes the Conservative government is retaliating for his damaging torture testimony late last year.In a letter Monday to the Military Police Complaints Commission, Owen Rees, Colvin's Toronto lawyer, says...

Monday, January 25, 2010, 9:41 PM

Canadian soldier accused of battlefield execution of Taliban prisoner stands trial

OTTAWA - A Canadian soldier will face a court martial Monday, accused of the 2008 murder of a wounded, unarmed Taliban fighter in southern Afghanistan - a case a military expert says is almost certainly the first of its kind.Capt. Robert Semrau has been charged with second degree murder in the...

Sunday, January 24, 2010, 9:23 PM

Army to have 1,000 troops in Haiti within 15 days: military

OTTAWA - It could take up to 15 days to get the 1,000 troops promised by Canada into earthquake-shattered Haiti, the military said Tuesday as the international relief operation kicked into high gear.Soldiers from the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and naval shore parties from two Canadian...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 12:04 AM

Diplomat fires back over Afghan prison torture with new revelations

OTTAWA - Canada stubbornly refused to monitor Afghan prisoners, some of whom disappeared into unofficial "black site" jails, until public attention left it no choice, diplomat Richard Colvin claims in a stinging letter filed with a House of Commons committee.The 16-page, point-by-point critique of...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 9:22 PM

Diplomat readies new response to government on torture

OTTAWA - The Canadian diplomat whose allegations of torture in Afghan prisons has set off a political firestorm on Parliament Hill is preparing another salvo at the federal government.Richard Colvin's lawyer, Owen Rees, says a letter is being prepared for the special House of Commons committee that...

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 1:32 AM

Top soldier's detainee about-face increases pressure on government

OTTAWA - The country's top military commander reversed himself Wednesday and put rising pressure on the government with the explosive assertion that a beaten and bloodied Canadian-captured prisoner was indeed abused by Afghan authorities prior to 2007.The stunning about-face by Gen. Walt Natynczyk...

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 12:19 AM

Afghan prison transfers halted more than once over safety concerns, general says

HALIFAX, N.S. - An Afghan agency, at one time entrusted to monitor Canadian-captured insurgents in Kandahar, says it has documented nearly 400 cases of torture across the war-ravaged country.The latest report from the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, a translated version of which...

Monday, November 23, 2009, 12:42 AM

Canadians handed over innocent Afghans to torture: diplomat

OTTAWA - A federal official has dropped a political bombshell on Parliament, alleging suspects handed over by Canada to Afghan authorities were tortured - and that the government was at best indifferent and at worst tried to cover it up.Richard Colvin, an intelligence officer based in Washington...

Thursday, November 19, 2009, 4:14 AM

New battle tanks hobbled by glitches and lack of spares: auditor general

OTTAWA - The Canadian army was forced to park some its new battle tanks in Afghanistan soon after they arrived because of technical glitches, says Auditor General Sheila Fraser.In order to get the Leopard 2 A6M tanks back in the field, mechanics scrambled to strip parts off other armoured vehicles...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 8:34 PM

More Canadians want military to return to peacekeeping, poll finds

OTTAWA - A public opinion poll conducted for National Defence says half of Canadians surveyed want their soldiers to return to a "peacekeeping only" role in the world.The Ipsos Reid research suggested there was "a small, but statistically significant increase," in the number of people who feel that...

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 11:36 PM

Ignatieff says NDP need to decide whether they have confidence in Tories

OTTAWA - Michael Ignatieff turned up the heat on New Democrats Sunday, declaring they'll soon have to make a choice whether they truly believe or not in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government.It only adds to the squirm factor for Jack Layton and the NDP, which after years...

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 10:02 PM

Western countries victims of democratic "delusions" in fraudulent Afghan vote: expert

OTTAWA - "Clear and convincing evidence of fraud" in the Afghan election could seriously damage already fragile public support for the war in Western countries, a U.S. expert said Tuesday.A United Nations-backed commission in Kabul has ordered a recount of the Aug. 20 results, which gave President...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 12:31 AM