August 21, 2006

Hopefully they are discarding the "peacekeeper" malarky...

...and going back to being soldiers: Canadians hammer Taliban

There have been some disappointments lately in the War, but there's good news too, and that tends not to get much attention...

Canadian soldiers scored a major victory against Taliban insurgents on the weekend, pounding their opponents just hours after they took charge of security in one of Afghanistan's most volatile regions.

A heavy barrage from Canada's precision-guided artillery, apparently aimed using remote-controlled aircraft, helped Afghan and Canadian forces kill as many as 72 insurgents and protect a key district near Kandahar.

As many as seven Afghan soldiers died in the battle, but no Canadians were injured and no civilian casualties were reported. The burned and shredded bodies sprawled in the dust after the battle were wearing traditional clothing and ammunition belts, suggesting they were Taliban fighters....(Thanks to Orrin).

Canada is back, or may be back, in their traditional role as an ally of the forces of good. One suspects the election of Harper has a lot to do with this. They have seemed to be sliding over the brink into the Euro-lefty hole..and maybe they still are...but it's good to have hope.

Posted by John Weidner at August 21, 2006 12:36 PM
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