Al-Qaeda Warns Canada, 50K For US Soldier
The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation, and Minister for Official Languages and La Francophonie, today during her visit to Afghanistan announced three new investments, including two new projects to support the role of women and girls in society. She made the announcement during a meeting with the Afghan Ministers of Education and Women's Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul. During her visit the Minister was presented with a drawing picturing Afghan women and education.
From The National Post: An al-Qaeda strategist has warned Canada to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan or face terrorist attacks similar to 9/11, Madrid and the London transit bombings. The threat, attributed to a member of the al-Qaeda information and strategy committee, condemns Prime Minister Stephen Harper...It also refers to Canada's "fanatic adherence to Christianity" as well as its purported attempts to "damage the Muslims" and its support for the "Christian Crusade" against al-Qaeda....It is the second reference in recent weeks to al-Qaeda singling out Canada because of its role in Afghanistan. Last month, Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, referred to Canadian troops in Kandahar as "second-rate Crusaders."
The increasing focus on Canada in jihadist propaganda follows last June's arrest of 17 terrorist suspects in Toronto and comes as Canada is debating its role in NATO-led combat operations in southern Afghanistan. The text of the threat suggests that al-Qaeda is aware of divisions within Canada over the mission, pointing to public opinion polls and opposition within Parliament. It is also consistent with analysis by Canadian intelligence officials who report that al-Qaeda views Canada as a "priority target" because of the country's high-profile role in Afghanistan and its close relationship with the United States in the war on terrorism. Read more.
From FreeCyprus to al-Qaeda: First, you're wrong. Our hatred is not towards the United States but towards you. We show it every day in Afghanistan. Second, we Canadians have never backed away from a peace keeping mission nor from a fight (please no hockey jokes). Not a single TRUE Canadian (that includes the majority of our 2% Muslim population) will get on his or her knees, heads bowed down, and submit to you.
Wherever you want to fight us, we are ready to defeat you.
1st photo: Mujahideen during training in Pakistan.
Lovely: A woman who lost her son in battle in ar-Ramadi with Americans offered a reward to anyone who would help her kill an American soldier, the Al Basrah reported. "The woman entered one of the mosques of the city at the time of midday prayers when worshippers, reportedly including many Resistance men (ie. terrorist scum -- FreeCyprus), were assembled and interrupted them by saying, "I have a question before I talk with you - are you men or just males?" Those present responded that they were men and asked her to continue. She then said, "I'm offering you one earthly prize and another delayed until we meet God. That is that I will give 75 million Dinars (about US 50,000) to anyone who can bring me an American soldier alive so that I can butcher him with these two hands." Read more.
Lieutenant (Navy) Meghan Marsaw joined the Canadian Forces in 1995 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1999. She was part of the Media Awareness Training team for Exercise Cooperative Best Effort 2002 in the Republic of Georgia and deployed for 7 months on Operation PALLADIUM in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her first deployment with Combat Camera was to Pangnirtung, Nunavut for Exercise Narwhal 2004 and she has since deployed to Afghanistan for Operation ATHENA and supported the Canadian Navy in Scotland for the HMCS CHICOUTIMI fire.
Corporal Rob Barrett, of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (2RCR), and his sister Captain Norma Ellis, of the Joint Operations Group, pose in front of a Canadian flag at the Canadian International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) camp in Kabul, Afghanistan. Both soldiers are serving in Afghanistan as part of the Canadian Forces Theatre Activation Team (TAT). The TAT is made up of soldiers from the Canadian Forces Joint Operations Group based in Kingston, Ontario, and a defence and security platoon from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Gagetown, New Brunswick. The TAT deployment will establish the necessary in-theatre support infrastructure for Operation ATHENA, the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, scheduled to begin late in the summer of 2003. Photo by Sgt Frank Hudec, Canadian Forces Combat Camera
Corporal Yvan Bélanger and Master Corporal Stéphane Poirier of C Company, 3rd Battalion Royal 22e Régiment Battalion Group (3rd R22eR BG) are on patrol in an Afghan village in the C Company area of responsibility when a householder greets Cpl Bélanger and a group of children engage MCpl Poirier in conversation.Canadian soldiers conduct regular day and night patrols in their area of responsibility to maintain a climate of security and to help the local police and civil authorities keep order and preserve the rule of law.