March 10th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

Around the Web: Canadians pushing into Taliban territory, report says

The Globe and Mail reports that “Canadian soldiers are pushing deep into Taliban territory ahead of a major offensive in Kandahar this spring."

The report says:

The commanding officer of Canada's battle group in Afghanistan says the troops are moving southwest into the Panjwaii district.

Lt.-Col. Jerry Walsh says the move is meant to cut off Taliban supply routes and movement into Kandahar city.

The push into Panjwaii is part of Operation Cerberus, the first in a series aimed at securing the areas around Kandahar city.

Coalition forces have made no secret they plan to follow up last month's major assault in neighbouring Helmand province with an attack on a similar scale in Kandahar.

As reported earlier, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting Afghanistan.

"Iran has innovative plans for resolving ongoing problems in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of the occupying forces from the country," Ahmadinejad said ahead of landing in Afghanistan, Iran's state-run Press TV reported.

Some other coverage of Ahmadinejad’s visit: Financial Times; New York Times; CBC.  

Some other news reports and perspectives:

- Sarah Holewinksi and James Morin (Christian Science Monitor) - “Afghanistan war: New rules of engagement don't pit civilians vs. soldiers

- Julian Borger (The Guardian): “Why mujahideen and Saudi lawyers hold the key to peace in Afghanistan

- Daniel Dombay and Farhan Bokhari (Financial Times): “U.S. doubts Islamabad’s will to pursue militants

- Tom Hayden (The Nation): “Exit Strategies for Afghanistan and Iraq

- Sardar Ahmad (AFP/Yahoo): “Brides and wounded: the saga of the Afghan cab

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Tristan

    This should be interesting. ill keep watching the news, to see the results for this one.
    God it must be frusterating having to fight these guys, they are like ninjas i swear

    March 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. andrew

    have fun getting them out...if you can do this without making any noise that will be great

    March 15, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nick (Toronto)

    I don't know why Coalition and particularly the American elements don't bring India in on some strategies in Afghanistan. I've read numerous material supporting they're experience and skills in key areas. Also, this could develop military ties between India and the US. India is generally of similar mind to US policies. Why does it take so long for some to realize and act on an obvious opportunity?

    March 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    I see that the right-wing people in the news media succeeded in whipping up war fever amoung the Canadians,too.They too want to obtain their day of "glory"and be in the limelight.

    March 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Capt Pandit

    Hi Col Welsh,
    That`s the only way these Taliban can be squeezed and defeated once and for all.
    Cut off their supply lines and lay siege of Kandahar city. Do not search the city. This will be for the safety of civilians.Slowly, let the civilians sneak out of the city in the safety of camps set up by the Afghan Civil Administration ,under the security cover of the Allied Forces.
    India tried this very successfully,in their North East part of country. Let the Allied Forces Commander send somebody to meet India`s Army Chief and get the plans and advice.
    This will help in success of your operations against these Taliban militants.
    God be with you all. JAI HO

    March 11, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |