Hundreds of Canadian troops have moved deep into Taliban insurgent territory north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, as an early show of force, defence officials in Ottawa say.
The troops, fresh to the Afghan theatre of operations, are trying to quickly establish freedom of movement over a wide swath of territory and to flush out Taliban fighters.
The Canadian units, accompanied by Afghan government forces, are also trying to win the confidence and support of local villagers who might be able to help identify Taliban hideouts, the officials say.
The operation began several days ago, but was kept under wraps for security reasons until yesterday when embedded reporters with The Canadian Press and the CBC were able to report the activities of the two companies from the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!
Victory here--won by fighting men risking their lives against the forces of Islamic tyranny--will be greater than any Olympic gold medal won by millionaire hockey players.
Source: Globe and Mail