Friday, July 3, 2009

Roadside bomb kills Canadian soldier CBC interviewed on Canada Day

Another IED has killed a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan and wounded five in his armoured vehicle. Cpl. Nick Bulger, 3rd Battalion in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, was part of a "close-protection force" guarding the Canadian senior commander of NATO coalition forces in Kandahar province, Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance. Vance, in the vehicle ahead, was returning from visiting American troops under his command in an intensely occupied insurgency district 60 kilometers west of Kandahar city and narrowly missed being hit in the same blast.

Cpl. Bulger, a 30-year-old father of two daughters, came from Peterborough, Ontario. On July 1st, Canada Day, he appeared in a CBC interview and said that once you look in the eyes of the local children, you know you are fighting for the right reasons.

On Friday, one American soldier was also killed in a major offensive by more than 5,000 American troops invading the Taliban-infested area further south of the NATO zone. Carrying full pack and gear, they are fighting in deadly heat of more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Seen here is 2nd U.S. Marine Expeditionary Brigade Commanding Officer and Brigadier General Larry Nicholson shaking hands with an Afghan child during patrols in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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