Jun 25, 2009 02:08 PM
SALAVAT, Afghanistan – Canadian forces invaded the village of Salavat this past week in another effort at disrupting a key insurgent staging area ahead of national elections the Taliban are determined to undermine.
The two-day operation saw the deployment of an entire battle group of Canadian infantry, combat engineers and tank crews – several hundred soldiers in all – along with close to 200 more Afghan army and police officers.
"The mission is to destroy the military component of the insurgents in the vicinity of Nakhoney to protect approaches to Kandahar," infantry commander Maj. Steve Jourdain said on the eve of the operation.
"The aim is to clear Salavat, to suppress the insurgents' freedom of movement in the area."
In a briefing to his platoon leaders, Jourdain – a member of the Quebec-based Royal 22e Regiment (the Van Doos) – outline
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