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Canada had to step up in Afghanistan

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For better or worse, Canada had to step up in Afghanistan

For better or worse,
Canada had to step up in Afghanistan

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan was not simply knee-jerk acquiescence to the elephant next door. Twenty-six Canadian civilians were among the 2,977 people killed on 9/11. Reason enough to hit back at the people and resources behind the al-Qaida terrorists who planned and engineered the attacks. Afghan Taliban and opium poppies were those people and resources.

Almost two decades later, neither objective has been achieved. The Taliban has not been eliminated and the poppy industry has not been eradicated.

 

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The big raid

The big raid

Story by Sharon Adams

Early in the First World War, the Allies used trench raids to keep the Germans nervous, the constant harassment eating away at their morale, while keeping their own troops sharp between battles.

The Canadian Corps had learned a lot since their first raid in 1915, and by 1917, were the acknowledged masters of the art. Trench raids were a key component in preparation for the coming assault on Vimy Ridge.

A massive raid involving 860 specially trained troops was planned for mid-January 1917 on the German trenches near Calonne, France, northwest of Vimy Ridge.

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This week in history
This week in history

January 17, 1991

Operation Desert Storm is launched against Iraqi forces occupying Kuwait.

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The Afghanistan Papers: Washington Post uncovers secret history of the Afghan war

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The Afghanistan Papers: Washington Post uncovers secret history of the Afghan war

The Afghanistan Papers: Washington Post uncovers secret history of the Afghan war

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

The Washington Post has uncovered a secret government history of the Afghanistan war said to be more revealing and more damning than the notorious Pentagon Papers that put the lie to public pronouncements on the war in Vietnam. The 6,200-word story by investigative reporter Craig Whitlock details government interviews conducted between 2014 and 2018 with 428 insiders who had direct roles in the war. In them, generals, diplomats, aid workers, Afghan officials and others speak bluntly about failures in Afghanistan.

The bottom line: U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress throughout the 18-year war. They were not, and they knew it.

 

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Military Milestones
Japan advances on Hong Kong

The backlash against Japanese-Canadians

Story by Sharon Adams

On Jan. 7, 1942, a month to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a wartime committee recommended to the Canadian government that Japanese-Canadians—even if second- or third- generation—not be allowed to volunteer for or be conscripted into the armed services, on grounds of strong public opinion against them.

It was among a series of moves that would end with so-called voluntary emigration to Japan or a move to internment camps for the duration of the war, their possessions confiscated and sold for a fraction of their worth.

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2020 Wall Calendar
This week in history
This week in history

January 10, 1920

Drafted in 1919, the Treaty of Versailles takes effect, formally ending the First World War. It redraws the map of Europe and imposes punitive economic reparations on Germany.

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