In The Media

New security concerns for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan

by Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau (featuring J. L. Granatstein)

cnews
March 12, 2012

The weekend killings of 16 civilians in Afghanistan, allegedly at the hands of a U.S. soldier, are complicating the already difficult job for Canadian military trainers there.

"I think for a time they're not going to be as effective because they'll be extra careful," said Jack Granatstein, a historian with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

"I don't think it's permanent, but there's no doubt it's getting harder in the circumstances."

A U.S. staff sergeant is in custody after a gunman went house to house in a village in Kandahar province on Sunday, killing 16 people, including nine children.

Granatstein said this latest incident will have Canadian soldiers again looking over their shoulders as they try to train the Afghan military. "

As we saw with the Qur'an burning incident, NATO members - white members in particular - have to take serious precautions and this incident is so awful that I'm sure the response will be several times greater than that of the Qur'an burning responses," Granatstein said. 

Reaction to last month's mistaken burning of Qur'ans on an American-run base includes the murders of two senior U.S. officers in Kabul along with suicide bombings.

There is suspicion Sunday's shootings were the result of post-traumatic stress disorder.

That's important for Canada's military bosses, said Christian Leuprecht, a professor at Royal Military College and Queen's University.

"It needs to make Canadian commanders even more alert than they have already been to the psychological demands on the soldiers and to encourage soldiers to speak up early on," he said.

-- with files from Reuters


Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
 
SEARCH
PODCAST

Brian Mulroney as a Master of Persuasion: A Discussion with Fen Hampson

August 20, 2018

On today's Global Exchange Podcast, we sit down with the Chancellor’s Professor at Carleton University, and CIGI Fellow, Fen Osler Hampson, to discuss his recently released book entitled "Master of Persuasion: Brian Mulroney's Global Legacy".



EXPERTS IN THE MEDIA

Northern defence upgrades part of plan to protect Canada’s Arctic, Sajjan says

by Alex Brockman (feat. Rob Huebert), CBC News, August 20, 2018

Les Forces canadiennes dans un Arctique en plein changement

by Mario De Ciccio (feat. Rob Huebert), Radio-Canada, August 20, 2018

China and Russia strengthening relationship in bid to thwart US dominance

by Matthew Carney (feat. Stephen Nagy), ABC, August 19, 2018

Multiculturalism is here to stay.. but what about Maxime Bernier?

by Anna Desmarais (feat. Andrew Griffith), iPolitics, August 17, 2018

What happens when building pipelines becomes Fortnite?

by Chris Varcoe (feat. Dennis McConaghy & Kevin Birn), Calgary Herald, August 17, 2018

Gracing Canada on NAFTA: Experts weigh in, one year later

by Nicole Gibillini (feat. Colin Robertson), BNN Bloomberg, August 16, 2018


LATEST TWEETS

HEAD OFFICE
Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Suite 1800, 421-7th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 4K9

 

OTTAWA OFFICE
Canadian Global Affairs Institute
8 York Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 5S6

 

Phone: (613) 288-2529
Email: contact@cgai.ca
Web: cgai.ca

 

Making sense of our complex world.
Déchiffrer la complexité de notre monde.

 

© 2002-2018 Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Charitable Registration No. 87982 7913 RR0001

 


Sign in with Facebook | Sign in with Twitter | Sign in with Email