Pro-US Panel Was Key in Extending Canada’s Afghan Mission

VANCOUVER – Buoyed by the recommendations of a government-appointed blue-ribbon panel, Canada’s parliament last week approved a motion to extend its combat mission in Afghanistan until the end of 2011. The outcome of the motion was effectively predetermined, as the two largest parties in the House of Commons – the Liberals and the governing Conservatives … Continue reading “Pro-US Panel Was Key in Extending Canada’s Afghan Mission”

Canadian General Takes Senior Command Role in Iraq

with Anthony Fenton VANCOUVER – Despite the government’s official position abstaining from combat in Iraq, Canada has dispatched yet another top general to the command group overseeing day-to-day operations for the US-led occupation and counterinsurgency war. Brigadier-General Nicolas Matern, a Special Forces officer and former commander of Canada’s elite counterterrorism unit, will serve as deputy … Continue reading “Canadian General Takes Senior Command Role in Iraq”

Israel in Iraq: Evidence Mounts

Further evidence of the presence of Israeli operatives in Iraq arose this weekend when the general formerly in charge of the U.S.-run Iraqi prison system, herself considered partly responsible for torture at Abu Ghraib and other prisons under her command, told the BBC that she met an Israeli interrogator working in a U.S.-run “intelligence center” … Continue reading “Israel in Iraq: Evidence Mounts”