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Russian hacking of U.S. election opens eyes

Russia’s attempts to manipulate the U.S. presidential election may be a turning point in an ongoing cyberwar that pits the United States and its western allies–Canada included–against multiple, shadowy enemies. Bruce Colman, an Ottawa-based cyber-security consultant and e-commerce specialist, says the Russian saga is profoundly significant because U.S. intelligence disclosed in detail the mechanisms...
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    In Afghanistan, a region of the world no-one really likes to talk about anymore, the Taliban has kicked off its traditional spring offensive with a huge attack in Kabul that killed more than 60 people. The blast and subsequent attack took place at an Afghan...
  • An honor guard from the 1st Special Forces Group transports the flag draped coffin of Sgt. 1st Class Nathan R. Chapman late Tuesday night at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. More than 60 Special Forces soldiers from Fort Lewis were present.

    The U.S.’s secret Afghanistan casualty

    April 21, 2016 by Adam Day
    It was one of the longest-held secrets of the Afghan war–what exactly was Nathan Ross Chapman doing in Eastern Afghanistan in early 2002 when he became the very first American soldier to die by enemy fire in the war? Well, after 13 years the CIA...
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    Journalists go behind ISIL lines

    April 14, 2016 by Adam Day
    File this under the department of things that happened once and will likely never happen again. A father-and-son team of German journalists managed to convince the Islamic State (or ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever you prefer) to take them on a tour of their capital...
  • Canadian Army soldiers from the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery prepare to secure a simulated building while participating in combat first aid training at CFB Shilo, Manitoba, on March 18, 2016.

Photo: MCpl Louis Brunet, Canadian Army Public Affairs
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Des soldats de l’Armée canadienne du 1er Régiment du Royal Canadian Horse Artillery s’apprêtent à sécuriser un bâtiment factice dans le cadre d’une instruction de premiers soins au combat à la BFC Shilo, au Manitoba, le 18 mars 2016.

Photo : Cplc Louis Brunet, Affaires publiques de l’Armée canadienne 
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    In the early days of Canada’s war in Afghanistan, just as we were transitioning from Kabul to the badlands around Kandahar City, then-Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier made a point of rather prominently spelling out for Canadians that the new mission was, in...
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    What the Russians left behind in Syria

    March 31, 2016 by Adam Day
    Now that Vladimir Putin has officially ended the Russian bombing campaign in Syria—where the main targets of his bombs were Syrian rebels, not ISIS—it has come to light that some of their normally secretive special operations forces have been committed to battle against the Islamic...
  • Plantu
    There’s no shortage of pundits willing to explain what’s happening in the world right now – the Middle East in flames, refugees inundating Europe, and a steady stream of terrorist atrocities across the world. The latest of these attacks killed dozens across two separate sites...
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