Day: August 4, 2021

Ambush in Afghanistan
Military History, Military Milestones

Ambush in Afghanistan

For Canadian troops in Afghanistan, 2008 was another year in hell. Canadian soldiers had been in the wartorn country since 2001, helping to oppose Taliban insurgents, provide security while Afghans rebuilt, train members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and support Canadian programs for political and economic reconstruction. In 2005, Canada took over responsibility for the volatile Kandahar Province. In Panjwaii District, the heartland of the province, lived about 80,000 Afghans—not all of them sympathizers with NATO forces. In 2006, a campaign to rid Panjwaii of insurgents cost 16 Canadian lives and two years later the area was nowhere near safe. The Canadian Armed Forces fielded mentor teams to work alongside ANA units to protect the local population, root out insurgent strongh...
Diver discovers suspected wreckage of Halifax Explosion
Defence Today, Front Lines

Diver discovers suspected wreckage of Halifax Explosion

Tufts Cove is a shallow, innocuous little inlet nestled at the back end of Halifax Harbour on the Dartmouth side between a power station and the abandoned military neighbourhood of Shannon Park. Because of its proximity to the 56-year-old generating plant and what was once housing for Cold War-era sailors and their families, the cove is fenced off, blocking access to both the water and land. No one ever goes there, anyway; they have no reason to. Water access is too shallow for much more than a rowboat and the cove itself is little more than four metres deep at its deepest point during high tide. And for decades before a nearby treatment plant was built, the cove was filled with raw sewage. Diver Robert (Bob) Chaulk wasn’t even thinking about the cove’s proximity to the Dec. 6, 19...

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