Archive | September, 2010

NATO supplies blocked by Pakistan after soldiers killed

The relationship between Pakistan and the coalition forces in Afghanistan was further strained this week after coalition forces killed three Pakistani soldiers at a border checkpoint between the two countries (Deb Reichmann & Hussain Afzal, “Pakistan blocks war supply route after NATO cross-border strike,” Globe and Mail, 30 September 2010). The incident, which occurred on […]

"Combat phase" of battle for Kandahar begins: ISAF

The “combat phase” of the battle for the Kandahar region has begun, says a spokesperson for the International Security Assistance Force (Rob Nordland, “American and Afghan Troops Begin Combat for Kandahar,” New York Times, 26 September 2010): Code-named “Operation Dragon Strike,” the push is focusing on clearing the Taliban from three districts to the west […]

Canadian government supports UN, but not peacekeeping

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly has made a number of things clear about his attitude towards that organization. The first is that his government would very much like Canada to be elected to one of the temporary seats on the UN Security Council when UN members […]

Canada's Engagement in Afghanistan – Ninth Quarterly Report

The Government of Canada’s Ninth Quarterly Report on Canadian engagement in Afghanistan, covering the period from 1 April to 30 June 2010, was released on 22 September. The report frankly acknowledges that the “quarter was marked by a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, with increasing insurgent violence and intimidation targeting civilians, the assassination of several […]