Murray Brewster, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canadian soldier dead; four wounded in roadside bomb attack

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Taliban militants struck with fury on Sunday, killing one Canadian soldier and wounding four others in a roadside bomb attack north of Kandahar, the second such bloody incident in a week.The attack that killed Trooper Marc Diab, 22, happened in the southern portion of Shah...

Monday, March 9, 2009, 1:33 AM

Afghan children likely killed by Taliban IED: Canadian military

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The explosion that killed three Afghan children last week was the work of the Taliban and not Canada's fault, say military officials who admit they're still struggling to understand the outburst of anti-Canadian sentiment touched off by the tragedy.Forensic analysis of...

Monday, March 2, 2009, 11:09 PM

Afghan villagers blame Canadians for blast that killed two children

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Angry Afghan villagers chanted "Death to the Canadians" and paraded the blood-spattered bodies of two young children through the streets of Kandahar city Monday after a tribal elder accused Canada of firing the shell that killed them.Residents of the village of Salehan,...

Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:59 PM

U.S. buildup no threat to Canada's accomplishments: general

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Canadian troops have a new commander in Afghanistan.Brig.-Gen. Jon Vance officially took charge of the 2,850 soldiers, aircrew and support staff in Kandahar today and he said he welcomed the influx of fresh American troops.With so much Canadian blood, sweat and treasure...

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 3:57 PM

Voter registration for Afghan election misses target in Kandahar

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Voter registration in volatile Kandahar province has fallen short of what Afghan election officials had hoped to achieve, forcing an extension of the deadline for picking up cards in two of the province's most violent districts.By Wednesday's deadline, roughly 258,000 people...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 10:20 PM

Kandahar residents feel less safe, says Canada's outgoing commander

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The sense of security among people right across Kandahar province has "absolutely plummeted," the outgoing commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan said Wednesday in a brutally frank summation of the war during his nine months on the ground.Public opinion surveys...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 8:46 PM

Canadian air crews take precautions to avoid civilian casualties

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - With air strikes and helicopter strafing being blamed for the mounting civilian death toll in Afghanistan, Canadian air crews say they don't intend to add to the gruesome statistics."They've been trained in a high degree to use of the rules of engagement," said Col....

Monday, February 16, 2009, 9:12 PM

A more vicious, sinister breed of Taliban moves into Kandahar

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The face of the war in southern Afghanistan is becoming more sinister as a fanatical wing of the Taliban, with strong links to al-Qaida, has moved into the region.The Haqqani network is operating in Kandahar alongside more traditional - some would say moderate - elements of...

Sunday, February 8, 2009, 10:33 PM

Canada nurtures quiet diplomacy between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Canada has been nurturing quiet diplomacy on the Afghan-Pakistan border, an initiative that is gaining momentum but one that Ottawa appears loath to discuss or take credit for in public.Diplomats and government officials on both sides of the troubled border are effusive in...

Thursday, June 5, 2008, 9:06 PM

Canadian platoon leader killed in gunbattle with insurgents in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A Canadian officer on his first tour in Afghanistan was killed Tuesday in a prolonged firefight with Taliban militants who stubbornly cling to patches of arid farmland west of Kandahar.Capt. Richard (Steve) Leary, 32, was leading a foot patrol involving Canadian and Afghan...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 9:44 PM

Taliban crank up recruiting drive for young men in Afghan villages

MIAN JUY, Afghanistan - Taliban recruiters have begun showing up over the last few weeks in the tiny villages that dot the desert landscape, heralding the start of the fighting season in this war-weary part of the world.The militants are looking for fresh volunteers or conscripts in what has become...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 1:38 AM

Soldiers sickened by Taliban tactic of using children as suicide bombers

ARGHANDAB DISTRICT, Afghanistan - Not much comes as a shock to soldiers, but even for men who may have seen it all, the suicide bombing involving a young Afghan boy has taken the already bitter war in this country to a whole new level of savagery.It was the utter cruelty of the attack Friday that...

Monday, May 19, 2008, 8:10 PM

Poppy fields, the financial lifeblood of the Taliban, hide in plain sight.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - It isn't visible from the road for obvious reasons.The field is set back behind a tree line at least half a kilometre from a busy highway that connects Kandahar city with an even wider swath of parched farmland in the Panjwaii and Zhari districts to the west.Still, the poppy...

Sunday, May 11, 2008, 7:39 PM

Latest fallen Canadian soldier begins the final journey home.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A Canadian medic killed in a vicious Taliban ambush was celebrated Wednesday as a man who had dedicated his "life to protecting and rescuing" those in need.Cpl. Michael Starker, the 83rd Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan, began his final journey home with a ramp...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 8:30 PM

Canadian soldier killed on foot patrol in hotly contested area outside Kandahar

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Taliban militants chose to stand and fight Tuesday, unleashing an ambush that killed a Canadian medic on a goodwill patrol in a hotly contested district west of Kandahar.Cpl. Michael Starker, of the 15th Field Ambulance Regiment, was pronounced dead in a military hospital...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 1:45 AM

Afghans relieved talks with Taliban may happen; Canada avoids direct role

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A strategy of talking to the Taliban - once ridiculed as "naive" by the Conservative government in Canada - is being test driven in the Kandahar countryside, much to the relief of some Afghans including one of the area's biggest power brokers.Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half...

Friday, May 2, 2008, 1:10 AM

'Soldier's soldier' Gen. Rick Hillier stepping down as defence chief

OTTAWA - Gen. Rick Hillier, the country's top military commander and most passionate spokesman for the war in Afghanistan, is stepping down in July after more than three years as chief of defence staff.Hillier, 52, has been the most visible military leader in a generation and a political lightning...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 1:54 AM

France challenges NATO to agree on conditions for success in Afghanistan

BUCHAREST, Romania - France will send hundreds of combat soldiers to bolster NATO in Afghanistan, but in announcing the beefed up commitment Thursday French President Nicolas Sarkozy challenged the military alliance to agree on conditions for success in the war-ravaged country.Afghanistan is a...

Thursday, April 3, 2008, 2:37 PM