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…

Village makes poison claim; Says Sudanese air force dropped white powder Rwandan troops arrive in Darfur to protect observers

The Toronto Star Monday, August 16, 2004 Page: A7 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: SHEGEK KARO, NORTHERN DARFUR Source: SPECIAL TO THE STAR Inhabitants of this picturesque village in western Sudan said the Sudanese air force sprayed them with a strange powder that killed two villagers and dozens of heads of livestock in May. Another bomb, dropped by a jet fighter the same day, produced a poisonous smoke that injured about 50 people on the other side of the village, they said. A Sudanese…

Death is in the air, villagers say; Sudanese planes bring bombs, not help Millions of insects may pose new threat

The Toronto Star Thursday, August 12, 2004 Page: A6 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: MUSBAT, Sudan Source: SPECIAL TO THE STAR Osman Muhammad Haroun knows exactly who to blame for the air strike that destroyed his ancestral compound and nearly killed his family. The name he invokes is not Janjaweed, the notorious militia blamed for much of the violence here in Darfur. It is Antonov, the make of plane used by Sudan’s army. “It was a Sudanese army Antonov bomber,” said Haroun, a village…

Staying in Darfur a deadly struggle; Valley dwellers risk starvation Sudan rejects offer of African soldiers

The Toronto Star Tuesday, August 10, 2004 Page: A10 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: SHEGEK KARO, SUDAN Source: SPECIAL TO THE STAR Hawa Bashi’s new home is the shade beneath a thorny little tree the locals call katera, where she holds her 2-year-old son, Hari, close. The pair, with Bashi’s two other children, is among tens of thousands who fled black African villages in the Darfur region when Sudan’s army and the Janjaweed Arab militias arrived to destroy them. While many went to refugee…

'First came the planes … '; The destruction of a Darfur village 'It's the Sudanese army that did it'

The Toronto Star Monday, August 9, 2004 Page: A1 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Source: SPECIAL TO THE STAR Every shop was looted and torched FARAWIEH, SUDAN Omar Harir rhymes off the names of 16 friends and relatives murdered in a sudden raid on his Darfur village that saw its homes torched, wells poisoned and livestock stolen. Some of the raiders who descended on Farawieh were militiamen, known as Janjaweed. But Harir and the other surviving villagers say the attackers also included Sudanese soldiers. The…

Marine boot camp, 'Sahel' style; U.S. trainers teach infantry drills, Frisbee throwing Instructors supply everything but rifles, camel meat

The Toronto Star Sunday, August 8, 2004 Page: F2 Section: Business Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: N’DJAMENA, CHAD Source: Special to the Star This city’s trendy Le Carnivore restaurant might seem a strange place to run into U.S Marines decked out in full desert camouflage gear. An island of prosperity in the slums of N’Djamena, one of Africa’s poorest capitals, Le Carnivore usually attracts wealthy local businessmen and humanitarian workers. So the sight of four Marines tucking into Le Carnivore’s famous steaks caused a bit of…

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…

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