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Canadian Mission in Afghanistan In Action

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Canadian troops were deployed to Afghanistan after 9-11 when the War on Terror was launched in what became the largest combat mission for Canadian troops since Korea. 158 died and 2000 were wounded. This action video was compiled with footage from the battlefields and with contributions from the deployed troops and is worth the watch. The Canadian mission has wound down. SOF published articles in the last decade of Canadians in action and we want to thank all our Canadian warriors who fought alongside our troops. For all those who died, R.I.P brothers and for all those wounded and families who grieve the fallen thank you for your sacrifice. This video is part of the recent series honoring the Canadian troopers.
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EUCOM COMMANDER SEEKS HALT TO TROOP CUTS

Cites Russia’s Growing Threat
By Harold Hutchison

The commanding general of United States European Command is seeking a halt to troop cutbacks in the region. Citing the growing threat of Russia in the region, Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, who is also Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, made the call while in Washington, DC.

AFGHANISTAN: TAKING SIDES

Help Me Escape
“Can you help me?” That is the question we hear fairly frequently from our Afghan partners. This question, from a young man we will call Naji, was posed with regard to his desired escape from Afghanistan.

IN PURSUIT OF VICTORY

Ross Elder is a soldier recently returned from Afghanistan who has been writing these columns to give a “boots on the ground” perspective of Operation Enduring Freedom.

I have been asked some very specific questions about my experience in Afghanistan, so I will give some very direct opinions in this, and future, articles.

LAST ROLL CALL

Without question, this is the most difficult article I have ever attempted to author. Although feelings of loss and sadness never fully leave a person, the grieving process has run its course. It isn’t so much the memory as much as it is the struggle to find the appropriate words to describe it that makes it so difficult. Out of respect for the family of the fallen, I will not mention their names or their unit. Suffice to say, they were men I knew.

RULE OF LAW: THE AFGHAN WAY

Rule of law, according to U.S. Army doctrinal definition, is defined as: . . . a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the state itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced, and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights principles.
U.S. Army, 2011 Rule of Law Handbook

BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

For several years, the greatest desire in my professional life has been to put my boots on the ground in Afghanistan. I have been a reader of SOF magazine for more than 30 years. During that time, there have been innumerable stories about Afghanistan and the various adventures of hearty men who have traversed its mountain passes. I always wanted to see it for myself.