Reconstruction team increases danger for aid workers, humanitarian groups say: Canada and U.S. say military projects are indispensable in fighting insurgency

Montreal Gazette Wednesday, July 27, 2005 Page: A20 Section: News Byline: LEVON SEVUNTS Source: Freelance Canada’s decision to set up a provincial reconstruction team in Kandahar has been praised by its NATO allies and particularly the United States, but some humanitarian agencies are worried they will suffer the collateral damage caused by this latest tool in the war on terrorism. About 250 Canadian soldiers and five civilians – two Foreign Affairs officials, two RCMP officers and a Canadian International Development Agency official – left today…

Bringing light to the country

New aid programs encourage Afghans to choose local development plans that suit rural areas where most live Jul. 24, 2005. 01:00 AM LEVON SEVUNTS SPECIAL TO THE STAR For centuries, people in the village of Sabzikhail went to bed with the setting of the sun. There wasn’t much else to do after darkness fell in the lush green valley a two-hour drive north of Kabul. Only wealthy families could literally afford to burn the midnight oil. But tonight, village council member Nadjibullah Bohaduri says he’ll…

Coalition forces fear rise in Afghan suicide attacks

By Levon Sevunts THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 23, 2005 KABUL, Afghanistan — Coalition intelligence sources report a worrying shift in insurgency tactics as the remnants of the Taliban and the al Qaeda network in Afghanistan increasingly turn to Iraq-style suicide attacks. Coalition forces say they are bracing for more attacks as terrorists try to destabilize Afghanistan ahead of Sept. 18 parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, American aircraft bombarded a rebel hide-out with missiles and bombs, killing up to 76 insurgents in one of the deadliest battles since…

Canada key to disarmament

By Levon Sevunts Special to The Toronto Star June 20, 2005 Page: A14 Section: News KABUL – Canada is a key player in an effort to bring under government control the huge arsenals of weapons and munitions held by Aghanistan’s private militias. Christopher Alexander, the Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan who co-chairs the Ammunition Steering Group along with Afghan Defence Minister Gen. Wardak, said that over the last 18 months, Canada has also been intimately involved in dismantling and demobilizing different militia groups that fought against…

Can-do training in Kabul

By Levon Sevunts Special to The Toronto Star June 19, 2005 Page: A14 Section: News KABUL – As Afghan security forces increasingly take the lead in fighting the insurgency by the remnants of Taliban fighters and their allies, Canadian instructors have taken a major role in training the fledging Afghan National Army. Fifteen Canadian military instructors have been assigned to the Afghan National Training Centre, a multinational training, mentoring and assistance program at the new Afghan army garrison in Pol-e-Chakri, on the outskirts of Kabul….

Suicide bomber kills 20 at anti-Taliban cleric's funeral

By Levon Sevunts THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published June 2, 2005 KHOST, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber blew himself up at the funeral of a senior anti-Taliban Muslim cleric yesterday, killing 20 persons and wounding at least 40 others. Despite President Hamid Karzai’s and coalition troops’ significant efforts to improve security, the rate of kidnappings, tribal shootings, insurgent violence and Iraqi-style suicide bombings has surged in the country since March. Mr. Karzai said the attack was an “act of cowardice by the enemies of Islam and…

Winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan

In 2005, I returned to Afghanistan as a freelance correspondent embedded with U.S. and Canadian troops and as an independent reporter. I spent time with U.S. soldiers in Eastern Afghanistan, along the border with Pakistan, as well as Canadian soldiers then stationed in Kabul. [flagallery gid=3 name=”Pictures taken in Afghanistan”]

Pashtun won't be heard: Ethnic group's representation in Bonn is poor

Montreal Gazette Tuesday, November 27, 2001 Page: B1 / BREAK Section: News Byline: LEVON SEVUNTS Source: The Gazette; The London Daily Telegraph The Afghan peace talks in Bonn this week are not necessarily doomed to fail, but historical precedence points that way. Following the Soviet pullout of Afghanistan and before the emergence of the Taliban, representatives of the various Afghan tribes met in Peshawar to devise a government. But the 1992 Peshawar Accord was a bust. Too many people wanted a seat at the table,…

The day I almost died

National Post Tuesday, November 13, 2001 Page: A10 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Column: War on Terrorism: In Chaghatay, Afghanistan Dateline: CHAGHATAY, Afghanistan Source: The Gazette CHAGHATAY, Afghanistan – Johanne’s bullet-riddled body lay sprawled on the back of a Russian-made armoured personnel carrier, her dead eyes staring into the billions of stars in the Afghan sky. There was nothing I could do for her but to tie a piece of cloth around her head to close her half-open mouth and hold her lifeless hand for…

Taliban rockets rain death

Montreal Gazette Sunday, November 11, 2001 Page: A1 / FRONT Section: News Byline: LEVON SEVUNTS Column: Levon Sevunts in Afghanistan Dateline: PUZE PULEKHOMRY, Afghanistan Source: The Gazette Anti-Taliban forces launched a ground offensive assisted by U.S. air strikes on the strategic Kala Kata hill in northern Afghanistan yesterday. The Taliban responded by sending salvos of Katusha rockets at the village of Dasht-e Qala. One rocket landed on a shop on the main road, killing one rebel soldier and injuring two civilians who were watching the…

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