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2 Canadian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan bringing death toll to 106

The soldiers had been conducting security operations in the volatile Panjwaii district, where Canadian troops have repeatedly fought against Taliban gunmen.

The military has identified the slain soldiers as:

Warrant Officer Gaeten Joseph Roberge, a member of the Royal 22nd Regiment who was serving with the Irish Regiment of Canada in Sudbury, Ont. He was serving in Afghanistan to help train the country's national police force.
Sgt. Greg John Kruse from the 24 Field Squadron, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Petawawa, Ont. He was serving as a member of 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment battle group.
"There are no words to properly express our sorrow at this moment," Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson, the head of Canadian and NATO forces in Kandahar, said in a statement. "Every one of our soldiers is very dear to us. They are our friends and our brothers."

He added that Canadian soldiers "also grieve for our Afghan brothers with whom we have been working side by side to help make their country more secure and stable."

Family of Roberge and Kruse were notified of their deaths on the same day as the body of Pte. Michael Freeman, who was killed in Kandahar on Friday, was taken aboard a military plane to be transported back to Canada.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay had been in Afghanistan to attend the ramp ceremony for Freeman. It's believed that MacKay's attendance was the first time a sitting defence minister had attended such an event at Kandahar Airfield.

One of Freeman's wounded colleagues also attended the ramp ceremony on a military gurney.

Before the ceremony, MacKay expressed his condolences to Freeman's family.

"We regret that loss in the extreme as we do each and every one, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and loved ones in Canada," MacKay said.

Along with one diplomat and two aid workers, 106 Canadian soldiers have now died in the war-torn country since 2002.

With files from The Canadian Press
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9 Soldiers have died this month

 
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Added: Dec-28-2008 Occurred On: Dec-28-2008
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  • RIP cousins -the fight goes on.

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  • I have so much respect and pride too know these men are from my country and have walked on the same land as me...these men are true heroes and no one comes even close they are the kings of Canada and they will never be forgotten..........Before this war started many people would talk down about are military yea we don't have a huge army but when we were asked to go into battle we did and we went into the worst parts of that country yes we are gonna lose men but what one soldier said before is it More..

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  • I'm a Yank. I don't think I should vote in the poll. The poster of this media should have considered non-Canucks.

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  • I say let the muslim SAVAGES feed off each other till they selfdestruct, you can never introduce civilized behavior to SAVAGES

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    • How true is this. I voted "no" Canadians, Americans, The British shouldn't be there. Why? because we either need to nuke them or let them kill themselves. This war on terror is just fueling hatred on both sides, they dont want our help fine!!
      It's an impossible mission, finding terrorists in a terrorist country!
      The only people who aren't trying to kill our soldiers either dont have guns or bombs or are to worried about being caught to obtain them.
      It's a holywar and muslums don More..

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    • yeah....you!two dangerous animals in an amalgam.a cat head(cannot be trusted)... and a snake body...well..dangerous.what are you trying to say dude?picture paints a thousand words.tell me what my avatar says.(hint:read my name).lol.

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  • RIP we definately need that surge of extra US troops in Afganistan.

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  • RIP

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  • RIP

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  • RIP good men.

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  • RIP.. only cause they Canucks

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  • i made it 'even steven'.do i qualify, to have a say?
    i was a poet , i know it.lol.
    being a member of the commonwealth of GREAT BRITAIN.lol
    yeah.not so funny now.
    i need to go up now and put the slimey cathead in it's place.

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  • let the body's hit the floor

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  • Interesting...50/50 Canadian votes

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  • Rip my brothers

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  • Deserved deaths!!! You are not there for your payment money your mercenarys??? Now suffer the consequences bunch of assassins! A nation without honor that dont have any moral reason to stay in this country. Get out now or face more deaths criminals!

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  • aren't you guys tired of saying <<rip>> for someone every day?

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