VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It was the largest battle in NATO history and failure was not an option.
Now a Canadian solider has written a book detailing Operation Medusa, the joint military command in Kandahar he was in charge of.
In “Operation Medusa: The Furious Battle That Saved Afghanistan from the Taliban,” retired Major General David Fraser sets the scene for what became a most decisive military operation.
“What was at stake was our credibility in the international community, our credibility as a NATO fighting force, NATO’s credibility, the government’s credibility, and the reputation of the Canadian armed forces.”
After that two week campaign in September 2006, Canada was credited with nothing less than saving Afghanistan from falling under Taliban rule.
“If this battle had failed, you would have only known one name and that was going to be David Fraser and that would be the only name you should know. But, the fact is, that all the men and women who pulled together, everyone can take credit.”
Fraser also lays out the challenges facing the country today.
“We continue to support the peace process because, if we don’t support it here, our credibility anywhere around the world will be diminished to a degree if we allow this nation to fall back to the regime of the Taliban,” he tells NEWS 1130. “This problem in Afghanistan is not going to get resolved this year, it’s going to take many, many years. We’ve got to put more effort into building up the police forces which is going to be the local security necessary that allows development and governance to prosper.”
Look for “Operation Medusa” wherever books are sold.