The "peacekeeping" cover was clearly shed in Somalia; now the JTF2
elite forces -- actually largely originally comprised of former Canadian Airborne forces disbanded after the Somalia occupation -- are indistinguishable, qualitatively, from U.
In June, a Canadian JTF2
sniper made a record-breaking kill shot in Iraq from a twice-confirmed range of 3,540 metres.
I'm referring to the recent world record-breaking shot by an unnamed member of Canada's JTF2
The Humvee has never been fully adopted into the Canadian military, instead being used mainly by JTF2
What had them exercised was a CTV report that suggested Canada had dispatched JTF2
to assist in the counterterrorism operation taking shape in Nigeria.
One does not need to have spent 30 years in the military to infer that where you find CSOR you should expect to find JTF2
Three other JTF2
members intervened and eventually managed to restrain the warrant officer.
Since the regular forces first deployed to Afghanistan in January 2002 (a small group of JTF2
special forces soldiers were deployed in October 2001), Canada has seen a total of 158 soldiers killed and more than 2,000 wounded and injured during the campaign.
The first Canadian Battle Group deployed to Kandahar in February 2002 for a six-month mission as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (a group of some 40 JTF2
commandos had secretly been deployed at the end of 2001 and took part in covert US-led missions).
In a fevered atmosphere of post-9/11 spin and speculation in the mainstream media, Esprit de Corps endeavoured to arm readers with information in a special issue, "Canada and the War Against Terror: Situation Report," which included a history of political violence and of military intervention in Afghanistan, as well as backgrounders on Osama bin Laden and the Taliban and our own JTF2
Illustrated with never before seen photos of JTF2 commandos in action, Canada's Secret Commandos catalogued, for the first time, their training, weapons and combat techniques.
JTF2 itself, in its 2002 Annual Historical Report, described Canada's Secret Commandos as "the most significant media coverage" of the unit.