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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...
  • One of the unusual aspects of reporting on military affairs in Canada is that, unlike in the United States, here there is a relative scarcity of highly informed, experienced and independent commentators available to put events into perspective and deliver expert analysis. In the U.S.,...
  • From the Archives: Fantastic Journalism

    November 30, 2011 by Adam Day
    I have to admit, I didn’t see this article when it was first published a couple of years ago. It’s an article by David Samuels from Harper’s Magazine and it is a wry, irreverent and totally enjoyable piece of writing. What Samuels did was not...
  • Doomed to Repeat

    November 25, 2011 by Adam Day
    In this weekend edition of the Legion blog, it seems wise to give our friendly readers something to help them pass the time between postings. And so we’d like to refer your attention to this amazing piece of history. Let There be Light is a documentary made...
  • Social Scientists Go to War

    November 22, 2011 by Adam Day
    From the department of  “Interesting Things to Read About Afghanistan” comes this book review from The New York Times that gives a nice overview of three recent works about the political situation inside the country. All three of the books are written from the perspective...
  • The Memorial is Coming Home

    November 17, 2011 by Adam Day
    With the Canadian combat mission in Kandahar coming to a politically-mandated end in December, the last of the troops and materiel are now getting ready for the final trip home. Among the most precious of all the cargo is the memorial to Canada’s war dead...
  • From the Archives: Night Patrol in Panjwai

    October 25, 2011 by Adam Day
      The PPCLI had been in Salavat, Central Panjwai for a couple weeks. It was late 2009. They knew the enemy were in Salavat too, but they couldn’t find them. A night patrol was ordered. The photo above came during a break in the patrol,...
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