Murray Brewster, THE CANADIAN PRESS

U.S. probe of 2006 Afghan deadly friendly fire incident critical of Canada

OTTAWA - It has been three years since an American A-10 attack jet inadvertently stafed the soldiers of Charles Company outside of Kandahar, killing Canadian Olympian Private Mark Anthony Graham, in an attack that newly released documents suggest the U.S. commanders put down to Canadian...

Friday, September 4, 2009, 12:58 AM

MacKay looks to Australia for defence advice, inspiration

OTTAWA - Defence Minister Peter MacKay is looking to Australia as a possible model for untangling Canada's cumbersome system for buying military hardware.He leaves Friday for an official visit with his counterpart Down Under.MacKay said he'll examine Australia's recently completed defence white...

Thursday, September 3, 2009, 9:42 PM

Arctic social, economic needs not overshadowed by military: Harper

PANGNIRTUNG, Nunavut - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the military commitment of his Conservative government to the Arctic is not overshadowing the region's social and development needs.He says he recognizes there are acute problems in the North, and they are being addressed by what he called...

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 9:14 PM

Harper travels, above, below and on the waves in Arctic exercise

HMCS TORONTO - The military put on a thunderous display of naval and air prowess in the Arctic for Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday in an unmistakable exercise of political and international power.Relaxed and wearing sheepish grin, Harper stood on the deck of HMCS Toronto and watched...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 11:10 PM

Harper touts arctic economy and seal meat after PR bumble

IQALUIT, Nunavut - Stephen Harper talked economic growth and the merits of seal meat during his Arctic tour Tuesday, but his message was blunted by a communication bumble and a heart-breaking photo.The prime minister kicked off the second day of his five-day trip by officially rolling out a long-...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 12:25 AM

Ottawa eyes Arctic co-operation with Danes as Harper heads north

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads north Monday for his annual Arctic pilgrimage, a trip that comes as Canada and Denmark begin exploring closer military co-operation in the barren region.He'll visit Iqaluit, Yellowknife, Whitehorse and other communities, but the highlight is the boarding...

Sunday, August 16, 2009, 6:31 PM

Canada's Afghan departure would 'seriously hurt' NATO: U.S. adviser

OTTAWA - A Canadian departure from Kandahar in 2011 would seriously undermine NATO's war in Afghanistan, said a U.S. counter-insurgency expert, who served as a special adviser to the alliance's new ground commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.The withdrawal of a small number of troops is not as big...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 12:01 AM

Canada needs post-2011 Afghan strategy, experts; critics

OTTAWA - Ottawa is a place where plans are made.There are always plans. And even plans to make plans.Yet ask anyone in the corridors of power what the plan is for Canada and Afghanistan post-2011 and you're greeted with silence.The musing last week of NATO's new secretary-general that he would "...

Sunday, August 9, 2009, 11:02 PM

Feds try to get shipbuilders to row together

GATINEAU, Que. - Federal Conservatives gathered the country's shipbuilders and a smattering of defence contractors behind closed doors Monday, hoping to salvage tens of billions of dollars worth of badly needed navy and coast guard vessels.The two-day conference began with four federal cabinet...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 12:23 AM

Documents show Canada knew about Afghan rape law in advance: NDP

OTTAWA - Canadian diplomats were tipped weeks before Afghanistan passed its so-called rape law but did not alert their political masters, newly released documents indicate.Officials at the embassy in Kabul were warned Feb. 15 that other countries were worried about the proposed Shiite family law....

Monday, June 29, 2009, 9:10 PM

U.S. officials look for advice to get Canada to stay in Afghanistan: sources

OTTAWA - Obama Democrats have quietly sounded out power-brokers in Ottawa looking for advice on how to convince war-weary Canadians to keep military forces in Afghanistan after 2011.Conscious of the deep political and public opposition to extending the mission further, American officials -...

Sunday, June 28, 2009, 7:51 PM

Human-rights groups alarmed Ottawa has no policy to govern hired guns.

OTTAWA - Canada has no overall policy or legislation to govern the use of hired guns in war zones, much to the alarm of human-rights groups and opposition parties who say the country has been left dangerously exposed.The lack of a clear protocol has forced some federal departments, notably National...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:19 PM

Canada agrees to stricter controls on Afghan hired guns

OTTAWA - Canada quietly signed an international agreement on regulating private security companies in war-zones just weeks after a Canadian soldier was allegedly shot by a contractor during a confused firefight in Afghanistan last summer.But it's unclear what the government is doing to keep the...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 12:55 AM

Raitt describes isotope issue as "sexy" in taped conversation

OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives hoping they had doused a raging political fire involving Lisa Raitt were rocked Monday by allegations that the natural resources minister was recorded while pouring scorn on a cabinet colleague.Raitt's woes were compounded when New Democrats reignited a controversy...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 1:29 AM

Former Raitt aide wants conversation caught on tape erased

OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives hoping they had doused a raging political fire involving Lisa Raitt were rocked Monday by allegations that the natural resources minister was recorded while pouring scorn on a cabinet colleague.Raitt's woes were compounded when New Democrats reignited a controversy...

Monday, June 8, 2009, 11:42 PM

No sacrifice of human rights, democracy in Taliban talks: Afghan ambassador

OTTAWA - Clandestine talks meant to convince Afghan Taliban to lay down their arms are underway, but Kabul's outgoing ambassador to Canada says his government will not sacrifice democratic and human rights principles to achieve peace.The meetings are a "policy position on the part of my government...

Sunday, May 31, 2009, 9:06 PM

Manley's Afghan equipment list to cost $1.1 billion: documents

OTTAWA - Fulfilling the Manley commission's conditions to extend Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan to 2011 will cost more than $1.1 billion, say federal budget documents.The Conservative government is asking for an extra $822 million in the current budget year to pay for "basic infrastructure...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 11:27 PM

Afghan women fear onerous new rape law in works

OTTAWA - A new marital rape law broader than one that sparked international outrage may be in the works in Afghanistan and Canadians must focus on the plight of women, a House of Commons committee was warned on Tuesday.Testifying by video conference from Kabul, an Afghan human-rights campaigner...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 9:29 PM

Forces expansion to take almost 20 years: documents

OTTAWA - It will be 2028 before Canada's thinly-stretched and overworked military reaches the modest expansion goals set for it last year by the Conservative government, federal budget documents reveal.And even that lengthy timeline is optimistic, given the challenges the army, navy and air force...

Sunday, May 24, 2009, 10:50 PM

Overseas commander gets an earful about Afghan mission

OTTAWA - While on his way to the shower at Kandahar's provincial reconstruction base last month, Lt.-Gen. Michel Gauthier bumped into a worn-out soldier who unloaded on him about Canada's mission in Afghanistan.With both of them out of uniform, the soldier spewed out his frustration to the man who...

Sunday, May 10, 2009, 10:42 PM