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Canadian military involvement in Afghanistan formally ends; army set to leave

KABUL - As the Canadian flag inched its way down the pole Wednesday at NATO headquarters in Kabul, Master Cpl. Jordan Taylor didn't necessarily see the red and white Maple Leaf. The faces of friends who didn't come home were before his eyes. Taylor is a fresh-faced kid from Regina, and anyone looking at him would hardly be able to guess he's a veteran of a unit that saw some of the fiercest fighting during the five-year combat mission in Kandahar.

Questions linger as clock winds down on Canada's military efforts in Afghanistan

KABUL - The meeting had barely gotten underway at the U.S.-led Kandahar provincial reconstruction team's base when one of the Canadian diplomats excused himself to take a phone call. It was May 2005; a reconnaissance team of Canadian military, diplomatic and development people was meeting with the U.S. Army and civilian officials who ran the base, stationed at an old abandoned fruit canning factory in Kandahar city.

30 Taliban give up fighting in S. Afghanistan

30 Taliban give up fighting in S. Afghanistan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- A total of 30 Taliban militants gave up fighting and handed over their weapons to the local authorities in the southern Kandahar province on Monday. "Today 20 brothers laid down their arms in Panjwai district and Kadim Patyal," the deputy governor of Kandahar province said in his speech while welcoming the former militants. He also called on other Taliban fighters in Kandahar province to follow the step and boast the security in the province.

Urgent: Several injured in suicide blast in Afghan Kandahar province

Urgent: Several injured in suicide blast in Afghan Kandahar province KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Several people were injured Thursday afternoon as a suicide bombing took place in Maiwand district of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, said a provincial source.

1st LD Writethru: One killed, 7 injured in bomb attack in S. Afghanistan

1st LD Writethru: One killed, 7 injured in bomb attack in S. Afghanistan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- One Afghan child was killed and seven civilians wounded Friday in a suicide bomb attack in the country's southern province of Kandahar, said provincial sources. "A terrorist blew his explosive-laden jacket up in surrounding areas of Daman district at around midday when a patrol of foreign forces was passing by the area. The explosion killed one child and wounded seven other passers-by," provincial government spokesman Jawid Faisal told Xinhua.

Urgent: One killed, 7 injured in bomb attack in S. Afghanistan

Urgent: One killed, 7 injured in bomb attack in S. Afghanistan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- One Afghan child was killed and seven civilians wounded Friday in a suicide bomb attack in the country's southern province of Kandahar, said the provincial sources.

Afghan forces kill 3 Taliban militants, wound another

Afghan forces kill 3 Taliban militants, wound another KABUL, Nov. 27 (Xinhua)-- Afghan security forces raided a Taliban hideout in Taliban former stronghold the southern Kandahar province Tuesday night, killing three fighters and injuring another, Kandahar provincial administration said in a statement sent to media outlets on Wednesday. "Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces attacked a Taliban hideout in Talkan area of Panjwai district, Kandahar province yesterday night killing three Taliban rebels and wounding another," the statement said.

Afghan senior official escapes suicide attack

A senior official in northern Afghanistan escaped a suicide attack Sunday as the bodies of six civilians hanged by the Taliban were found dumped by the roadside in the south, police said. The attacker carrying bombs on his body jumped out of a roadside ditch and ran into the motorcade of Balkh province's deputy governor before detonating the explosives. The deputy governor, Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, survived unhurt in his armoured vehicle but two of his bodyguards were wounded, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told AFP.

Soldier's disarming of live Taliban suicide bomber forgotten by DND

OTTAWA - The would-be Taliban suicide bomber let loose a deep, audible sigh when Leading Seaman Bruno Guevremont lifted the explosive vest from his shoulders. It was the culmination of an extraordinary event that could have been ripped from a Hollywood script, but instead has been buried since 2009 within a military bureaucracy that has yet to recognize the extraordinary act of courage.

Suicide blast kills three Afghan civilians

A Taliban suicide bomber killed three civilians in southern Afghanistan on Saturday when he detonated explosives in a failed attempt to target foreign forces fighting the Islamist insurgents, officials said. The attacker prematurely triggered a bomb packed inside his vehicle before he got close to an international military convoy on patrol in the Daman district of Kandahar province.
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