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    Quote Originally Posted by milnews.ca View Post
    A little bit of catching up: he was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of dishonourable conduct - this from the Canadian Forces:


    Reader's Digest of defence, from the Toronto Star:


    So far in the sentencing hearing, the then-TF Commander (saying his view represents that of the chain of command) is calling for Semrau to be kicked out, while a subordinate says he was a good officer. On the plus side, from one of the media accounts:


    Max punishment under S.93 NDA: "imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to less punishment".
    Sentencing delayed until 21 September. Link

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    Default Semrau case wrapped up...

    Capt. Robert Semrau dismissed from the Forces

    A Canadian soldier has been kicked out of the army—but spared a stint in prison—for shooting a severely wounded insurgent on the battlefields of Afghanistan two years ago. Capt. Robert Semrau, whose controversial case sparked a nationwide debate about the ethics of mercy killing in a war zone, stood at the front of a packed courtroom Tuesday morning as a military judge announced his punishment: a demotion in rank, and dismissal from the Forces.
    Been there, faced that situation (on a number of occasions), the bottom line is you can't play God yourself nor allow your soldiers to do so. He should count himself lucky.
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    Default Canadian Handover of Kandahar AO

    For those of you who don't know, the Canadian Forces handed over control of Panjwayi and Dand districts, Kandahar province, to US forces in July, thus ending our 5 yr + combat mission.

    Of course, the US forces there now do not have the force density of CF deployments in 2010-2011, but hopefully things won't go all to hell over there...

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/07..._n_890060.html

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    Default The Maple Leaf finally pulled down

    This week the last Canadians left Afghanistan, they were part of a hundred strong training component. Two responses, one reflective by a Canadian journalist:
    At many National Hockey League games in Canada, members of the Canadian Forces are introduced. Far from turning their faces away, as in the song about wounded Australian soldiers returning from the First World War, fans rise for a standing ovation.

    (Later) Sacrifice and danger brought the military a respect it had been lacking, which is what the military men who bought into the Afghan mission were hoping would happen. They were right in these domestic hopes, but largely wrong in their Afghan ones.
    Link:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe...ticle17485848/

    I wonder if the public impact is partly due to the extensive use of reservists? As noted by others with the Danish contribution.

    Then there is the blatant crowing by the Taliban:
    Your sacrifices have brought us freedom. The beacons of your blood have lit the way to independence. Celebrate the victory and freedom from the Canadians..
    Link:http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03...ushpmg00000067
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