Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
Interesting, isn’t it – the Canadian Forces have been doing just fine with on-base or wilderness training so far. But now, suddenly, there’s all these urban warfare drills happening in Canadian and American cities, we’ve inked agreements to share troops with the Americans in case of any ‘domestic emergency’ that may arise, the military is talking about how they’re going to have to patrol the Barrie bar scene (!), and not a single mainstream media reporter can put two and two together. Well, get ready, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of this, armoured columns in the streets, everything – unless you pick up a pen, boot up your email application, and write to your elected member of parliament. They should be wading in outrage over this.
Flashback: Afghan front lines take mental toll on military and RCMP | Military readies reservists for threats to ‘domestic front’ | Military may patrol bar zone in Barrie | British Secret Service, Army Alert on Bank Riots | US Urban Warfare Drills Linked To Coming Economic Rage | Military and police practice integration during Olympic security exercises | Canadian military getting 1,300 new heavily armoured trucks for ‘domestic use’ | Army ‘Strategic Shock’ Report Says Troops May Be Needed To Quell U.S. Civil Unrest | Troops in the Streets: Army Brigades Standing By to Assist in Disasters, Help Quell Dissent | Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies
John Cotter, Medicine Hat News
April 14, 2009
MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – Canada’s sunniest city, Medicine Hat, will stand in this spring for dusty, dangerous Kandahar as a new battle group of troops trains for duty in Afghanistan.
The community of 61,000 is going to allow more than 800 soldiers to practise convoys and patrols on its streets as well as how to respond to simulated roadside bomb explosions.
Some troops will act as Taliban insurgents as the units get experience on what it is like to operate in a busy urban setting, Col. Andre Corbould, commander of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, said Tuesday.
“We are going to make it as realistic as we possibly can,” Corbould said. “We want to have them respond to incidents within the city like they will do in Afghanistan.”
Most of the troops involved in the training will be serving with the Provincial Reconstruction Team based in Kandahar City.