Friday, December 08, 2006

Operation Pisa

British troops seized five “most wanted” terrorist suspects in Basra as well as explosives and roadside bomb devices in a series of raids. Operation Pisa involved 1,000 troops — 800 British and 200 Danish. Major Charlie Burbridge, spokesman for the multinational force in Basra, described those arrested as “rogue elements” of the local Shia militia who supported Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical cleric. In one of the raids, soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment found explosives, fuses and multiple ammunition rounds at the address of a suspected bomb-maker. More.

The Canadian Contingent Show Tour "A Smile From Home" performs at the Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar. The show held in Kandahar was the second of four shows held in Afghanistan at different locations.

The Canadian Task Force Padre in Kandahar, Major (Maj) Robert Lauder, gets buried in good will from well wishing Canadians. People from across Canada sent shoebox size parcels to Kandahar for distribution to Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Maj Lauder has been awed and overwhelmed by his festive workload after having received several hundred of these gracious gifts from caring folks back home. His office has become a makeshift clearing house for parcels as he works to find new ways to keep ahead of the inflow of Christmas cheer for the troops. Padre Lauder spearheaded the "parcels for troops" program which pairs willing gift givers in Canada with those soldiers in Kandahar who are happy to receive.

Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) is Canada’s contribution to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The focus of this mission is to help Afghans rebuild their lives, families, communities and nation. Canadian Forces personnel in Afghanistan are working to improve the quality of life of Afghans by providing a more secure environment in which Afghan society can recover from more than 25 years of conflict.

The Canadian Forces (CF) contribution in Afghanistan comprises about 2,500 soldiers, most of who serve in Kandahar province with a smaller number of personnel assigned to Kabul, various military headquarters, and civilian organizations.

Captain Brian Joudrey, Lessons Learned Officer for Joint Task Force Afghanistan roto 3 (JTF - Afg R3) pays his respects to fallen comrades at the temporary cenotaph erected in the training area at CFB Wainwright, Alberta after Remembrance Day ceremonies held there on Saturday, November 11, 2006. JTF Afg R3 is in Wainwright preparing for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in February of 2007.


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