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January 27, 2004

A dip of the Colors to Her Majesty's Forces of the Great White North.

Suicide Bomber Kills Canadian Soldier

By Times Wire Reports

A suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed one Canadian soldier and wounded three others, officials said. Nine civilians were hurt.

Ali Jan Askaryar, head of police in the western district of Kabul, where the blast occurred, said the Canadians were part of a three-vehicle patrol and "a terrorist jumped on one of the vehicles and blew himself up."

As I have taken pains to do in the past - Operation Enduring Freedom (Operation Athena for Canada) has been overshadowed in the US media by OIF, and based on the casualty rate, personnel involved, etc, well it should.

Nonetheless, we should note that Canada is doing a 'stand-to' with us in Afghanistan, and has suffered casualties in so doing.

The latest being:

Dead:
Cpl. Jamie Brendan Murphy, 26, Conception Harbour, Nfld.

Wounded:
Lt. Jason Matthew Feyko, 30, Peterborough, Ont.
Cpl. Richard Michael Newman, 23, Burnt Island, Nfld.
Cpl, Jeremy Gerald MacDonald, 28, Hartland, N.B.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! where we dance In Memoriam.