http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=6843ab79-e1ea-488c-85df-0413f4d54ab1&k=45178Canadian Forces “caught by surprise” in Afghan war
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Canadian Forces have been “caught by surprise” in recent months by a dramatic shift in the Afghanistan war that has seen the Taliban melt into the civilian population and spread into a far wider area, a top officer admitted Wednesday.
Now the Taliban have dispersed among the province’s civilians and into a “multiplicity” of different districts, Cessford said in a frank assessment of the operation.
“This mission is evolving dynamically and dramatically,” he told a group of Canadian journalists. “We trained hard for a mission that did not materialize … Here you change on a dime and you have to change on a dime.”
The transformation of the conflict into a guerrilla war where combatants are one with the civilians has meant a major curb on Canadian firepower, however.
Soldiers have been able to rely much less on artillery and air strikes, and are erring on the side of caution if they are not absolutely sure a potential target is a Taliban militant, said Cessford.
They do sound "clueless". All the more reason to stop this farce and bring them home...