It's obvious we've got the wrong people on this.
In a case like this, who you gonna call?
Canadian soldiers from the Royal 22nd Regiment moved deep into hostile territory over the weekend, patrolling a vast region of Afghanistan known to be sympathetic to the Taliban
Canadian troops did not confront insurgents during this trek but they are convinced the territory is guided by a "phantom Taliban government."
...[A]t best, the reception from local villagers was polite and lukewarm, as most men and children - women are absent from public spaces in Afghan villages - watched the soldiers march with a mix of fear, mistrust and sometimes hostility in their eyes.
...[A]bad, speaking through an interpreter, said he had not seen NATO soldiers in the community for at least three years.
...[V]illagers said they have never had a problem with the Taliban. Some said the Taliban have never set foot in the region.
...[T]he International Security Assistance Force, of which Canada is a member, thinks otherwise.
..."[T]here is a phantom Taliban government here," said one officer.