It was ten years ago today that four Canadian soldiers were killed by
friendly fire in Afghanistan, and civilians and military members alike
paused Tuesday to remember the first four Canadians killed in
Sergeant Marc Leger, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, Private Richard Green and
Private Nathan Smith died on April 17, 2002 on Afghan soil, at the hands
of U.S. pilot who was later convicted of dereliction of duty.
The troops, all members of the Third Battalion Princess Patricia's
Canadian Light Infantry, were firing weapons at a training range in
Kandahar, when the pilot mistook them for hostile forces and dropped a
bomb on them.
At Canadian Forces Base Edmonton Tuesday, soldiers observed a moment of silence to remember the four soldiers.
"It hit home that it was a friendly fire casualty, we call it a blue
on blue and it makes every one of our soldiers killed in action are a
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