Kandahar Tour: The Turning Point In Canada's Afghan Mission

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 23, 2009 - History - 256 pages
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"Our Mission was the people of Kandahar and keeping the Taliban from interfering with rebuilding. When we did use force, we had to be discriminate Killing innocent civilians would be mission failure. I had the A-Team ad could not make it work with lesser men and women." - Lieutenant-Colonel rob Walker, Commanding Officer, 2RCR Battlegroup

"Our job is to create a functional government that earns the respect of its population. The people of Kandahar are not asking for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They want Canada's peace, order, and good government. We're getting there. But it takes time, Thankfully Afghans are more patient than people back home." - Gavin Buchan, Director, Foreign Affairs, Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, 2006-07

"My soliders got to know every inch of Zharey District and its people. It was our back-yard. We knew it better than the Taliban, especially the foreign fighters. People learned to trust us and started staying in their homes while we rant he enemy out of town." - Major David Quick, India Company

 

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Contents

1 The Road to Kandahar
1
Kandahar 2006
31
3 Ramping Up
57
FebruaryMarch 2007
87
April 2007
112
6 The Home Front
137
May 2007
153
June 2007
178
JulyAugust 2007
205
Endnotes
221
Kandahar Tour Bibliography
231
Acknowledgements
244
Author Biographies
248
Index
249
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About the author (2009)

Lee Windsor, PhD, is an historian and Deputy Director of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. In April 2007 he traveled to Afghanistan to directly observe Task Force 1-07 on active service in Kandahar.

David Charters, PhD, is Professor of Military History and Senior Fellow of the Gregg Centre at the University of New Brunswick. He is an authority on insurgency, counter-insurgency and international terrorism.

Brent Wilson, MA, is the Gregg Centre's Executive Editor and Co-Director of the New Brunswick Military Heritage Project. He brings to this book his knowledge of the Canadian Forces' mental health and family support system, and the Atlantic region's military heritage.

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