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 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”