Canada in Afghanistan: The War So Far

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Dundurn, 2007 - History - 240 pages
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It has been said that Canada is a country with too much geography and too little history. Afghanistan has too much of both. As the war escalates in Afghanistan, more Canadians are asking what we are doing there. For a country that has specialized in peacekeeping, this war is a shock one that we have not yet comprehended. As the casualties mount, Canadians will want to know why we are there.

Canada in Afghanistan introduces readers to Afghans and their culture, gives historical background from our involvement since 9/11, and covers operations casualties and the results. Also included is an examination of a new strategic experiment the provincial reconstruction team and the technological advances used in this war. Cautionary predictions conclude the book. Canada in Afghanistan is an introduction to what is happening in Afghanistan and what we can expect through 2009.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
The Petri Dish of Afghanistan
17
We Face an Enemy That Lacks a Postal Code
75
Where Security Means Not Dying
133
Without Flash Glitz or Bravado
165
A Final Word
197
Notes
205
Bibliography
226
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Page 25 - a world which billowed with fertility was laid desolate, and the regions thereof became a desert, and the greater part of the living dead, and their skin and bones crumbling dust...
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Page 25 - While the soldiers started pulling down and burning the houses, thirteen children were rounded up and stood in a line in front of their parents. Some of the soldiers then poked out the children's eyes with steel rods. The mutilated children were then slowly strangled to death. Next it was the parents' turn and one by one they were shot, as was everybody in the village.

About the author (2007)

With Canada in Afghanistan, well-known aviation author Peter Pigott has changed literary gears. Embedded with Canadian Forces in Kandahar, Pigott traces Afghanistan's ancient history to present-day media sound bites, meticulously incorporating Canadian involvement in the three Ds: defence, development, and diplomacy. Pigott lives in Ottawa.

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