A Dire Story from Afghanistan

It’s always been hard to determine what will result from the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Recently, it’s become more clear that victory is far from assured. Which is to say, that despite everything everyone did from 2001-2014, the country may simply return to the same calamitous civil war it was involved in when the...
  • Some context for the recent massacre

    March 19, 2012 by Adam Day
    Warning: Explicit Language.   It’s not easy to explain what sustained amounts of combat can do to a person — or a unit — but this story published today comes pretty close. It’s a fascinating story of how aggression and violence can become addictive and...
  • From our Kandahar mission’s beginning back in 2006 it was always a battle of hearts and minds, a long grinding struggle to win the trust and allegiance of the Afghan population. I can hear the voices of so many Canadian officers telling me that the...
  • Great story by Legion mag contributor

    March 6, 2012 by Adam Day
    The unstoppable Matthieu Aikins (who wrote for Legion Magazine here) has filed another great piece about Afghanistan, this one chronicling the inside story of the siege of the American embassy on Sept. 13 last year. It’s a very solid and interesting piece of reporting and...
  • It’s not often — OK, almost never really — that a respected and experienced senior military officer will break from cover to make public criticisms of their own institution, the wars that institution is fighting and the way politicians intercede in those wars. But that...
  • Canadian Special Forces in the News

    February 2, 2012 by Adam Day
    Canada’s rarely-heard-from Special Operations Forces have popped up in the news a bit recently. Allan Woods of the Toronto Star has just today revealed the behind-the-scenes story of the new Special Ops base being built near CFB Trenton. While the new base reportedly intends to...
  • A new batch of Canadian war heroes

    January 25, 2012 by Adam Day
    The Governor General has just announced that seven Canadian soldiers will be receiving the Medal of Military Valour for their actions under fire in Afghanistan. The MMV is third highest in the hierarchy of Canadian military bravery medals, coming behind the Star of Military Valour...
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