Wednesday, July 30, 2008

DND offers diplomats, development staff training to handle capture by Taliban

OTTAWA — The Canadian Forces now offers diplomats and development staff deployed in Afghanistan specialized training in how to handle themselves if they're ever captured by the Taliban.

The military is in the process of expanding and revising the existing course given to soldiers as well as recruiting new instructors to deliver the program.

"The Canadian Forces is currently increasing its capability to provide (Conduct After Capture) training," Capt. Carole Browne, a public affairs officer in Ottawa, said in an email response.

"It is also expanding the program to make it available to other members of 'Team Canada' that deploy, with or without" the military.

The degree of training for civilians will depend upon their job in the war zone and the likelihood of them being anywhere near the enemy.

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