Three Canadian soldiers were killed in an attack in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, bringing the total Canadian death toll in Afghanistan to 103 since the start of the 2002 international military mission.
REUTERS - Three Canadian troops were killed in
The three soldiers were killed and another was wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their armored vehicle while on patrol in the Arghandab district of southern
The deaths bring the number of Canadian service members killed in war-torn
Three other Canadian soldiers were also killed in Arghandab by a roadside bomb on December 5.
While campaigning for the October legislative elections that his party won, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said
Observers expected, however, that
During a visit to
No other country partnered with the United States has "worked harder or sacrificed more than the Canadians," he said in comments, broadcast by CBC television, that have been seen as indicating the desire to see the Canadian contingent stay beyond 2011. "They have been outstanding partners for us, and all I can tell you is ... the longer we can have Canadian soldiers as our partners, the better it is," he said. The commander of the Canadian forces in
"We've been leaning on the enemy quite hard the last three months ... Fighting "terrorism and injustice is not easy," he said, adding that the effort "requires sacrifices."
Thompson said the death toll was not something the military was focusing on.
"The figure is not important for soldiers. The soldiers are only talking about their brothers at arms. They're only thinking about their brothers at arms," he said.
"The number is not important for a soldier or for us here at headquarters."
Date created : 2008-12-14