Special Ops

Troubling questions for CANSOFCOM

A U.S. military operation code-named Talon Anvil, accused of killing Iraqi and Syrian civilians in 2015, is reported to have had a Canadian Special Operations Command element. The Department of National Defence has confirmed that a CANSOFCOM member was embedded with the operational team while other Canadians were in supporting roles or briefed on the team’s activities. [node:read-more:link]

No non-essential military activities

The Chief of the Defence Staff has ordered an immediate halt to all non-essential Canadian Armed Forces activities due to personnel shortages. General Wayne Eyre sent the order to senior commanders across the country October 5, saying that his “interim goal is to address shortcomings that are preventing the CAF more specifically from being in the position it needs to (be) in order to excel as a modern and combat-ready military force.” [node:read-more:link]

Dutch special operator killed in U.S.

A Dutch special forces operator has died after he and two others were shot in Indianapolis on the weekend. In the U.S. for training, he was off-duty outside a hotel when the shooting occurred; the two others are described as in stable condition. Police believe it was not a “random act.” [node:read-more:link]

CAF personnel under investigation

Two Canadian Special Operations Forces Command members and an Army officer in New Brunswick are under investigation for their alleged involvement in protests avainst mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. The two CANSOFCOM members are in the process of being released from the military but MGen Steve Boivin, the CANSOFCOM commander, said if the allegations are true, “this is wrong and it goes against CAF values and ethics.” [node:read-more:link]

Canadians safely out of Kabul

A flight with Canadian special ops personnel and embassy staff from Kabul arrived in Ottawa late Aug. 16. There were no Afghans aboard but an unspecified number arrived in Toronto about the same time. [node:read-more:link]

War crimes in Afghanistan

As coalition troops continue to withdraw from Afghanistan after 20 years, there are lingering questions about some special forces operations. A former Australian operator suing news media for defamatory allegations about war crimes, an accusation he denies, has said that his British and U.S. counterparts were “far, far worse” during some deployments. [node:read-more:link]

NATO Special Ops Command operational

A NATO special operations command organized by Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark is now officially active. Expected to provide “the participating nations with a capability that exceeds the sum of their individual national contributions,” the Composite Special Operations Component Command was launched in 2017. [node:read-more:link]

CANSOFCOM head on indefinite leave

MGen Peter Dawe, head of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, has been placed on indefinite leave by the Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, LGen Wayne Eyre, for having written a letter of support four years ago for a soldier found guilty of sexual assault. Dawe’s deputy commander, MGen Steve Boivin, has been appointed to replace him. [node:read-more:link]

Small drones for Special Ops

An Israeli company, Xtend, has been contracted to supply dozens of small drones for indoor and urban use by U.S. special forces. Xtend describes its products as “optimized for the urban warfare challenges, including Close Quarters Battle (CQB) counter drone (C-UAS) interception counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) missions, and subterranean (Sub-T) operations.” [node:read-more:link]

CAF intent on behavior modification

The Canadian Forces has spent more than $1 million to train its operatives on "behavior modification" techniques for use in Canada. Examples include the mission to manage public perception surrounding Op Laser (COVID response) and the more bizarre mission that had our military creating and disseminating fake news and forged letters to warn the Nova Scotia public that wolves were causing problems in the province (which was untrue). [node:read-more:link]

CANSOFCOM pulls new pistols from service

The accidental discharge of a SIG Sauer P320 pistol, a new issue for the Canadian Special operations Forces Command, has been withdrawn from service after a member of Joint Task Force 2 suffered a flesh wound to one leg. The newly-disclosed Nov. 5 incident occurred during training at an Ottawa-area firing range. Pending a review, the troops will revert to their older P226s. [node:read-more:link]

Special Forces: increasingly at the sharp end

As its military has evolved over the past few decades, the U.S. evidently has come to rely increasingly on Special Operations for combat deployments. One expert says that “despite initially stiff resistance from the conventional military branches . . . they are now responsible for much of the military’s on-the-ground engagement in real or potential trouble spots.” [node:read-more:link]

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