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REPORTING · 10th August 2011
Merv Ritchie
This past June the Afghanistan police force decided to ask Canada to take back their gift. The gift was two and a half thousand Canadian made military assault rifles and ammunition. These 1980 era guns were extra rifles the Canadian Military no longer needed yet it still cost Canada $9 million to deliver them to, and train, the Afghan Army. In January of 2008 the Canadian Forces were training their army how to use them and today they are now considered surplus arms again. The question is; where are they?

The C7 is considered a much better assault rifle than an AK 47 and is very similar to the M16. The USA delivered over 100,000 M16’s to Afghanistan, which is why the 2500 C7’s were to be returned. Now the Afghan Army will all be using the same weapon, the M16.

Along with the Canadian made rifles, the remaining portion of the 7 million rounds of ammunition delivered, many years supply, became surplus.

This past June Ottawa-based spokesman for Canada's overseas command, Maj. Andre Salloum, was quoted as stating, "[…] the decision was made to recover the C-7 weapons and return them to Canada for disposal."

Canada has the lead role in the assault on Libya with Canadian Lt. General Charlie Bouchard in command of the entire NATO operation. There are also reports that Canada’s special forces JTF-2 are on the ground in Libya. These troops are equivalent to the USA’s Navy Seals and the British SAS.

On Tuesday, August 9, we emailed both the Conservative Government and the NDP opposition members in charge of the file on Foreign Affairs. Both replied within two hours each stating it wasn’t their issue that the questions needed to be addressed to the Department of National Defence. We immediately resent the email to Minister MacKay and the NDP forwarded our email to their National Defence critic. It is now 24 hours later and we take the silence, the complete lack of acknowledgment as a troubling matter.

This is the text, with links, of our emails to both the NDP and the Conservatives Foreign Affairs and National Defence;

In about December of 2007 or early 2008 Canada sent 2500 C7 rifles to Afghanistan to assist in training their army.

In June this year they were apparently returned.

Maj. Andre Salloum is quoted as stating " the decision was made to recover the C-7 weapons and return them to Canada for disposal."

This is an expensive exercise, shipping these weapons half way around the world.

My question is, (or rather my suspicion is), were they shipped to Libya for the rebel forces. This would be inline with Canada's support for the Rebels.

If they were not shipped there, then where are these rifles now?

Thanks for your attention to this.

We still await a response.

To ship these arms back to Canada, simply for disposal would seem a huge waste of money. As Canada is preparing to finance the Rebels and accept one to assume an ambassador role after Canada expelled all of the ambassadors for the Gaddafi regime and as the rebel army is crying for weapons and ammunition it would appear this would be a great alternative. That is if we, the Country of Canada, is truly arming other Countries to make war on each other.

We would suspect there would be paperwork ready to prove where these rifles have been shipped; Canada, the mountains south of Tripoli, or do they actually remain in Afghanistan?
Yes, Canada is in the military armaments market, note the nice Canadian Maple Leaf.
Yes, Canada is in the military armaments market, note the nice Canadian Maple Leaf.
Comment by les watmough on 20th August 2011
We( the Canadan Govt) are wasting money like this to suport a group of REBELS. America was formed by a group of rebels. the union army fought the rebels from the souther states. What does the term REBEL mean. How many people were starving in Libia under Gahdafi? There are millions starving in Somolia under thier REBEL government. the WAR? in libia is costing -what a million dollars a day, Aid to Somalia is what a million dallars a year? WHAT ARE WE DOING. Les.