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Canadian soldiers killed
TheStar.com - World - 6 Canadian soldiers killed
July 04, 2007
OTTAWA - Six Canadian soldiers and their interpreter were killed today by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province.
Brig.-Gen. Tim Grant said the soldiers were killed as they were returning to a forward operating base in the Panjwaii district west of Kandahar city.
Grant said the explosion happened on a gravel road â€œthat we have travelled regularly in the past month.â€
Grant is the top commander of the Canadian contingent in Afghanistan.
The names of the dead have not been released as the military is still notifying their next of kin. The soldiers were due to end their tour of duty in Afghanistan at the end of this month.
Twenty-two soldiers have now been killed on this rotation alone; by this time last year, only eight had died. Altogether, 66 Canadian soldiers have now lost their lives in Afghanistan since 2002, along with one diplomat.
The latest deaths occurred in an area the Canadian military has been using as an example of their missionâ€™s achievements in Afghanistan.
The Taliban were thought to have largely left, and several reconstruction projects are under way.
But three other soldiers were killed there on June 20 by an improvised explosive device.
Today's blast is the deadliest involving Canadians since Easter Sunday, April 8, when another devastating roadside-bomb explosion killed six Canadian soldiers in what was then the worst single-day toll for the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.
The latest deaths came as the current rotation of Canadian soldiers are entering their last month of their tour in Afghanistan.
The military is paving the way for the next battle group due to arrive in August â€” about 2,000 soldiers of the Royal 22nd Regiment, known as the Van Doos, from Valcartier, Que.
Meanwhile, NDP Leader Jack Layton told a news conference today that Canada should pull its troops out of Afghanistan before more lives are lost in a war he says can't be won.
"What they are being asked to do now is participate in a mission that has no prospect of military success,â€ Layton said.
â€œIt will simply escalate and prolong itself until we realize that it is not going to accomplish its goals.â€
The latest attack was the deadliest against foreign troops in Afghanistan since May 13, when seven military personnel were killed â€” five Americans, a Canadian and a Briton.
The Chinook helicopter they were riding in crashed in Helmand province, and officials at the time said it appeared a rocket-propelled grenade may have brought it down.
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I've said things before about, can't remember where, but it didn't end well. Let's just say I wish those guys had to follow the rules that our guys do.Z# wrote:RIP.
Those cowards and their bombs. Oooh boy. All the things I wish I could write...
RIP, I owe so much to our men and women in the military. My troop support magnet is going on the work vehicle tomorrow. Living in Edmonton, and seeing the military members of a daily basis, really makes me appreciate what they honestly do for all of us.
RIP brave ones.
Reading the details of the article the vehicle was designed to take two bombs at the same time they believe this was a triple bomb stacked that is from Iran article said these starting showing up in the last two months. I wonder if this is going to start more problems given the issues that are starting with Iran and there nuclear program.
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