Natynczyk Downplays Attacks

Published: Wednesday, 07/16/2008 12:00 am EDT

New Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walter Natynczyk described the growing number of attacks in Kandahar province as "a slight notch, indeed an insignificant notch, above where we were last year," the Globe and Mail reported. However, the paper found that violence between January and July of this year in the southern province has increased 77 per cent compared to the first six months of 2007, topping out at 532 insurgent attacks. Gen. Natynczyk's assessment is also in direct contrast to statements made by military and political leaders in other NATO countries.

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