Thursday, January 8, 2009

Taliban's rare winter campaign kills another Canadian soldier

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Another Canadian soldier died and three more were wounded Wednesday, the latest victims of a rare winter campaign the Taliban says is aimed at littering the roads of Kandahar province with deadly makeshift bombs and the bodies of coalition troops.

Trooper Brian Richard Good, 42, became the first Canadian soldier to die this year - and the 10th roadside bomb casualty in just over a month - when an explosive detonated near his armoured vehicle in southern Afghanistan.

His death brings to 107 the total number of Canadian soldiers who have died as part of the Afghan mission since it began in 2002.

Good was a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, stationed at the Canadian Forces base in Petawawa, Ont.

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