20 June 2007
Ma’Sum Ghar, Afghanistan

Sergeant Brian Durelle, India Company, 2 RCR, takes a breather following a dawn skirmish with the Taliban during OP SEASON, a company-level operation in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan. This company-level operation was a coordinated effort comprising soldiers from the India Company, 2nd Batallion, Royal Canadian Regiment (2 RCR), as well as elements of the Armoured Corps, combat engineers, air support, and medical staff, along with soldiers from the Afghan National Army (ANA). The purpose of the operation was to seek out Taliban forces in the Panjwaii district.

About 2500 members of the Canadian Forces (CF) are currently serving as part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. Most of the soldiers are stationed at Kandahar Airfield and at Camp Nathan Smith, Canada’s Provincial reconstruction Team (PRT) in Kandahar City. Other personnel are assigned to various military headquarters, a support base, and civilian organizations.

They play a key role in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission whose goal is to improve the security situation in Afghanistan and assist in rebuilding the country.

Photo: MCpl Kevin Paul, Canadian Forces Combat Camera