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Arts-Culture #16 Former soldier, Rob Semrau, author of "The Taliban Don't Wave"

This week, a conversation with former Canadian Forces soldier Robert Semrau.  In 2008 he was a Captain leading a small team of Canadian soldiers known os "omelette" the OMLT, Operational Mentor Liaison Team in Afghanistan  Their theoretical task was to teach and mentor a group of Afghan Army soldiers in military tactics and equipment in order to better carry out their role in taking over the battle against the Taliban.  In reality, there was little teaching, and almost daily requirements to go "outside the wire" in patrols to find the Taliban amid concerns over ambushes, rocket attacks, and the ever present danger of explosive (IED) booby traps 

In one battle he was said to have shot a severely wounded Taliban fighter in a mercy killing. According to one witness the Taliban was "98%" dead. Robert Semrau was later charged with battlefield murder. He was court martialled and discharged from the Canadian Forces

The book about the tour of duty is called "The Taliban Don't Wave" and in our conversation he describes his own person experiences of conditions of fighting alongside the Afghan army in the heat, dust,  and constant fear of death in Afghanistan

Marc Montgomery

 (theme music Terry Tufts)


(L-R) Marc Montgomery with author and former Canadian Forces Captain, Rob Semrau, author of "The Taliban Don't Wave", his experience as soldier in Afghanistan


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