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Six NATO Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

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Posted on Apr 8, 2007

With all the recent, and widespread, bloodshed in Iraq, the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan can at times be overshadowed.  According to the BBC, the Taliban may be behind the deaths of six NATO soldiers in south Afghanistan this weekend, underscoring the volatility and violence that are still prevalent in that country.


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Six soldiers serving with the Nato-led force in south Afghanistan have been killed, the alliance has announced.

They died when the vehicle they were travelling in hit an explosive device, a statement from Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said.

One other soldier was injured. The nationalities of the dead and injured have not yet been released.

This is the worst single incident for the Nato force in Afghanistan for several months.

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By RAE, April 9, 2007 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

To a person, these soldiers and their families declare to anyone who will listen…” we fully believe in the cause in Afghanistan and fully support our being there.”

I sure would like to hear/read what propaganda is fed to them for such views to take such a strong hold.

We… Canadians… westerners… know next to NOTHING about the people, the culture, the language, the history, the objectives/aspirations of ordinary Afghans, other than there have been wars there since all of recorded history.

Dedicating one’s life - risking it, GIVING it - to a cause that you CANNOT understand in a “war” that neither you or anyone else has ever WON… is not a view/philosphy that I can even begin to understand.

They’re certainly not there to defend my country or my way of life or my freedom (like the Taliban are going to paddle up the St. Lawrence and take over Toronto). When & if they do, then I’ll take up arms myself and put myself on the line. Not until.

And now, with 6 more dead, bringing the Canadian total to 51, we will have to suffer hours more TV coverage of the bodies being brought home, the funerals (one by one, of course), the services, the flood of tearful interviews (amazing how every single one of these servicemen and women were flawless examples of humanity… not one of them was anything less than PERFECT, according to their friends and families). Yesterday, at the bar, they were called assholes… today in their coffins, they’re angels and heros living with Jesus - go figure.

Well I think they all had at least ONE significant defect… (go back to the beginning of this posting if you missed it, or if you care).

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By C Quil, April 9, 2007 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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The deaths put a crimp in the minority Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “celebrations” of the Battle of Vimy Ridge’s 90th anniversary in France this weekend. There were hurried and hushed whisperings between him and the head of the Canadian Armed Forces, Gen. Rick Hillier. I think they were trying to figure out if they could get away with not mentioning the six dead Canadians. In the end, someone must have informed them that most of the assembled company already knew. His speech then went on to connect Vimy with Afghanistan. Apart from Canadians getting slaughtered, I’m afraid I don’t see the link.

Many think that he was hoping to ramp up patriotic fervour so he could call an election and be swept into a majority win (his party is a minority now). Then NOTHING could stop him.

Funny - he always does the right thing just after he finds out that he can’t get away with doing the wrong thing.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 8, 2007 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment
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As Christians celebrate the Death and Resurrection of the good and noble Jesus Christ, who was supposed to have died for our sins, and for the glory and preservation of human life, the later day Christians fundamentalists continue to send their young people to far away lands to be sacrificed for the sins of evil Bush, Blair, Howard and gang and for the glory of the empire and the mighty dollar. What a contrast and what a continuing sad story!

For during this Easter weekend 10 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq and 6 more so-called coalition forces were killed in Afghanistan; not to mention the hundreds of Iraqis and Afghanis killed and are sadly called collateral damage.

Why the 10 American soldiers killed during this Easter weekend are not mentioned in this report?!

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By peedeecee, April 8, 2007 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

Six Canadians, and one other NATO soldier - we don’t know the nationality of the seventh yet.

Killed trying to clean up another Bush mess.

We should not be there. We simply, absolutely should NOT be in Afghanistan. Our armed forces have always been peacekeepers, not warmakers.

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By Kol Klink, April 8, 2007 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment
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The Pashtun have never lost a war. Why would anyone think that they are going to lose this one?

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By Quy Tran, April 8, 2007 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment
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Just rest in PEACE ! Don’t ask why ?

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