Thursday, October 12, 2006

Winning hearts and minds

Padre Robert Lauder (Major), visits the Mirman orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan. Maj Lauder was visiting the orphanage during a recent trip to Kabul where he visitied with Canadian troops working in the city with various Afghan government and allied military organizations. Canadian soldiers in the area have taken it upon themselves to help support the orphanage. Photo by: WO Bill Laing, Strategic Advisory Team Kabul

Brigadier-General Dave Fraser, Commander of ISAF's Regional Command South, and Regional Head of the Afghan National Police are meeting with the Commandant of the Pakistan Frontier Corps and military at the Pishin Scouts Casern near the town of Chaman, Pakistan. Photo by: Master Corporal Yves Gemus

Kandahar, Afghanistan: A Canadian Leopard Tank weighing over 100,000lbs rolls across the tarmac at the Kandahar Air Field after delivery on a C-17 Transport Aircraft (back ground). Equipped with a 105-mm L7A3 gun, the Leopard is capable of engaging targets during the day or at night as well as in adverse conditions. Task Force Afghanistan is part of Canada’s contribution to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. This mission is about Canadians and their international partners helping Afghans rebuild their lives, their families, their communities and their nation. Canadian operations will work to improve the quality of life of Afghans by providing a secure environment in which Afghan society can recover from more than 25 years of conflict.

A member of the Afghan National watches for any sign of Taliban insurgents as soldiers from Alpha Company (A Coy) continue their sweep through Panjwaii District of Kandahar Province as part of Operation MEDUSA. Their efforts are currently focused on securing the area and making it safe for the return of persons displaced during recent fighting in the area. Photo by: Sgt Lou Penney

In the 5 years since NATO entered Afghanistan, 5 times more children are in school, a third of them are girls...there's a paved highway linking all the major cities...there's an ELECTED President and there's an elected parliament...
But the 8th Century-minded Taliban continue to threaten the peace and progress that most Afghanis want now, in 2006. The Taliban thought they had their chance when the US transferred security of the region over to NATO forces.

The Taliban were betting that the newly arrived NATO forces would be "soft, not the like Americans (who are) willing to fight"....The Taliban were wrong.

Some citizens continue to help the Taliban, but that support continues to decrease as Afghanis witness their homes, schools, mosques, churches, temples and and ancient shrines being destroyed by the Taliban every day, while NATO forces and humanitarian agencies help to rebuild everything.

Handing out school supplies donated by American schools and Churches to Iraqi children.

U.S. Army Doctor Capt. John Fulk listens to an Iraqi man's heart in the White Gold Village of West Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 5, 2005. Medical personnel and soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team are providing medical assistance and toys to residents of the village. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Rodriguez, U.S. Air Force

Lieutenant Brittany Meeks with kids she gave school supplies, toys, and candy to while serving in Iraq in 2004.

+ Cleaning Up Afghanistan - One Round at a Time ++++ School Supplies Delivered to Two Schools in Local Tribal Area


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