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Latest update : 2008-08-24

A roadside blast in southern Afghanistan's Zhari district killed three Canadian soldiers and injured one during a reconnaissance mission. Meanwhile, France paid homage to its soldiers killed in the region.

"Kapisa, a test for France in Afghanistan"


Read our Special Report: "Taliban-istan - two sides, one war"

OTTAWA, Aug 21 (Reuters) - A Taliban attack killed three
Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan on Thursday, bringing to 93
the number of soldiers killed there since Canada sent troops to
the war-torn country in 2002.

The three were killed by a roadside bomb in southern
Afghanistan, where 2,500 Canadians are based as part of a NATO
combat mission to fight the Taliban and other militants. A
fourth soldier was reported injured in the attack.

The commander of the Canadian forces in Afghanistan said
the attack was part of a more aggressive pattern by the Taliban
this year.

"I don't know that the Taliban are getting stronger. What
I'd say is they're much more aggressive this fighting season
than they've been in the past," Brig. Gen. Denis Thompson told
reporters in Afghanistan in remarks broadcast in Canada.

"The difference is they're not holding any of the ground
they're attacking us on."


How will the French react to the Afghan war after the death of 10 soldiers? Click here to read.

Date created : 2008-08-21