Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have vowed to take revenge against "sick minded American savages" following the murderous rampage of a U.S. soldier who shot 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children.
The Canadian flag has been lowered in Kandahar Province for the last time since it went up in August 2005 at a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield. The troops' mission, Operation ATHENA, in southern Afghanistan region is over.
Kandahar city Mayor Ghulam Haidar Hameedi, a strong ally of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, has been killed in a suicide attack. This is the third Karzai ally killed this month by insurgent assassins.
Allegations arose this past week that the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) shot eight civilians Tuesday. The Afghans were protesting the alleged burning of a Koran during a drug raid on Jan 10th.
Canadian soldiers have been particularly targeted by the Taliban, according to a Taliban spokesman. He said that earlier this month insurgents were in the process of a campaign to target coalition forces, particularly Canadians.