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Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants

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Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« on: October 13, 2006, 12:41:56 AM »
This should go in News but I felt it best to share here.  ;D


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Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
POSTED: 5:12 p.m. EDT, October 12, 2006
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OTTAWA, Canada (Reuters) -- Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy -- almost impenetrable forests of marijuana plants 10 feet tall.

General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defense staff, said Thursday that Taliban fighters were using the forests as cover. In response, the crew of at least one armored car had camouflaged their vehicle with marijuana.

"The challenge is that marijuana plants absorb energy, heat very readily. It's very difficult to penetrate with thermal devices. ... And as a result you really have to be careful that the Taliban don't dodge in and out of those marijuana forests," he said in a speech in Ottawa, Canada.

"We tried burning them with white phosphorous -- it didn't work. We tried burning them with diesel -- it didn't work. The plants are so full of water right now ... that we simply couldn't burn them," he said.

Even successful incineration had its drawbacks.

"A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those [forests] did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hiller said dryly.

One soldier told him later: "Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I'd say 'That damn marijuana'."



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Re: Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006, 01:06:14 AM »
ROTFLMAO!!!!

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Re: Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006, 01:15:50 AM »
dude. like, whoa.

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Re: Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006, 02:09:17 AM »

One soldier told him later: "Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I'd say 'That damn marijuana'."



Quote of the century.

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Re: Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2006, 02:09:50 AM »
Where'd you get this, by the way?

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Re: Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2006, 12:43:53 PM »

another week, by popular

Re: Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2006, 12:56:28 PM »
canada has troops?

why aren't they called canadian troops?

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Re: Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2006, 02:28:28 PM »
Yo mama, Stanley!



(Looks like you're the new Dunson.)

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Re: Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2006, 02:59:18 PM »
(Looks like you're the new Dunson.)

i only came back because i was asked to stick around for a bit longer.

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Re: Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2006, 05:51:11 PM »
Not just a bit, dammit!   >:(