Canucks continue to rock Afghanistan

Canadians hit militants in Afghan firefight

The annual “spring offensive” is a bit bigger than expected but is getting shredded nonetheless:

A coalition patrol on Saturday attacked militants carrying assault rifles and grenade launchers, who were “moving with the intent to set up an ambush” in Helmand province’s Sangin district, a military statement said.

Between 15 and 20 militants were killed, and no coalition forces were hurt, it said.

Lt. Tamara Lawrence, a spokeswoman for the U.S.-led coalition, said the coalition troops were Canadian.

The Canadians have been major partners in Afghanistan and should not be forgotten.

Comments

  1. Murdoc, Guess as a life long amateur history student, I think the Canadians are rock solid allies when the going gets tough, but not before then. After all who remembers 1979?

  2. dawnsblood, your comment reminds me of something said about americans by a reasonably famous brit. ‘Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing–after they have exhausted all other possibilities.’ -Winston Churchill As a Canadian with friends currently serving in Afghanistan, I appreciate this quick post. I’m too used to Fox/CNN blowhards talk about how us lefty canadians are more trouble than we’re worth yadda yadda. I honestly think the media works hard to up play the differences between the two peoples. Yes, our governments have very different priorities, and different views on how to deal with issues, but when it comes down to it, joe average south of the border isn’t terribly different than joe average north of the border. Once again I blame it on the media.

  3. I think the Canucks are getting some payback for their four dead during a recent mine explosion. The reality of counter-guerrilla warfare is that you can’t just hunker down at the base camp – if you don’t patrol aggressively, you will get hit again and again. In the old days before aviation, both sides were equally hamstrung by the mountainous terrain. Today, our guys have air support and air mobility and they don’t. And that should make all the difference in the world.