Dubious Signs of Progress in Afghanistan

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper accompanied Chief of Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk on a surprise visit to the airfield in Kandahar.

DND Photo: MCpl. Kevin Paul
Apparently it was the Afghan National Army that chose to retreat from the Mushan fort in Kandahar, so we should see this as a positive step in the professional development of the Afghan security forces. This leads one to wonder how long it will take before ANA commanders advocate withdrawing all of their forces in Kandahar in order to eliminate such provocation for Taliban attacks.
Scott Taylor
Published: Wednesday, 05/20/2009 12:00 am EDT

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper accompanied Chief of Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk on a surprise visit to the airfield in Kandahar. This trip was touted as a morale booster for the Canadian battle group in Afghanistan. While most soldiers strive to remain apolitical during their careers, it is always reassuring for them to host those responsible for deploying them on such a hazardous mission.

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