Saturday, October 14, 2006


Presumably the Canadian soldiers took a lot of photos like this one, supplied to the media by a military man with a director's mind - Canadian Forces Sgt Lou Penney.

During September, Canadian soldiers were chasing Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters through "forests" of ten foot high cannabis plants in Afghanistan.

They hit the small trees with white phosphorous, they tried burning them with diesel, but the plants just smouldered. Canadian soldiers down wind were reported to have suffered "some ill effects."

The three metre tall plants are full of water and soak up heat, so thermal imaging the fields of cannabis for the hidden enemy fighters doesn't work.

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