October 5, 2010

News from the Home Front: 10/05/2010

In letter home, Canada's first female combat death complained of Afghan sex assaults - Capt. Nichola Goddard, who in 2006 became the first female Canadian combat death, wrote to her husband that women working at bases in Afghanistan were often victims of sexual harassment or assault, and that in one week there had been six rapes at her camp. (READ MORE)

Obama says no major changes in Afghan strategy - U.S. President Barack Obama told Congress that there is no need for major changes in current Afghan strategy, according to a letter released by the White House on Monday. (READ MORE)

Whistle-blowing soldier moved to solitary confinement - A U.S. soldier who blew the whistle on his fellow soldiers' links to the killing of civilians in Afghanistan -- and who himself is accused of one slaying --has been moved to solitary confinement for his safety, a source said. (READ MORE)

Abbotsford mother of slain Afghan soldier urges Harper to extend mission - The mother of a soldier who died in Afghanistan made a poignant personal appeal Monday to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to keep Canadian troops here beyond next summer. (READ MORE)

U.S. Views Sought In Iraqi Contractor Torture Case - The Supreme Court on Monday asked the U.S. government for its views about a lawsuit claiming that employees of two defence contractors took part in the torture and abuse of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. (READ MORE)

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