Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:44 am Post subject: Operation Eagle Summit: Our Troops at their best
Michael Totten, with his usual quality and style, chronicles the launch and completion of a top-secret aid mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, which drew heavily on the expertise of Canadian troops, in cooperation with the British, Americans, and Aussies.
After seven years, the war in Afghanistan has morphed from a breathtaking expedition of a handful of special operators—often on horseback—to a sort of lethal day-to-day business. Morale is high among American, Aussie, British and Canadian soldiers. Dozens of other nations are contributing to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, including the French, Italians and Estonians, but I have not seen enough of them to be able to judge their morale. The French recently lost ten soldiers in a Taliban ambush, and many in that country are talking about pulling out, although President Nicolas Sarkozy is standing firm. Other countries, like Germany, have strict rules of engagement that essentially preclude them from joining in combat. The Poles and Danes are strong allies and good soldiers, as they were in Iraq. Yet the bulk of the fighting against the Taliban is done by the Anglosphere (U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia), and, of course, the Afghans...
...The Canadians have an excellent reputation among British and American forces, and so the Canucks were tasked to clear the road for the convoy. This was a chain of many links: if the Canadians failed, the mission would fail....
Our troops were tasked with forward security for this incredibly complex mission; the CF figures prominently in Totten's report of risky mission that demonstrates the inexorable link between reconstruction and combat, and why the people of Afghanistan need Canadian troops to do both.
Read the whole thing, it might be the most important story on Afghanistan you read this year. Link: CLICK
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