Friday, August 19, 2005

Nice Shooting! (Updated)

Even with all the news coverage, we sometimes forget that we are part of a Coalition. The major part, granted, but their are others doing the job, going in harm's way, just as our soldiers. Lets not forget about them.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP) - A Canadian soldier opened fire Friday to disable a vehicle that was trying to overtake a military convoy, out of concerns that it might be a suicide attack.

It was the first time the Canadian Forces have fired shots since being deployed on their current mission to Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan.

Lt.-Col. David Anderson, the Task Force Afghanistan chief of staff in Kabul, said the incident happened during a routine patrol.

The soldier who fired at the yellow-white taxi had warned off the vehicle several times, Anderson said. But when it tried to pass the convoy, the soldier let loose with four machine-gun rounds into the car's engine, disabling the vehicle.

Nice shooting!

(Thanks to Free Republic for the original link)

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Update: Another reminder, there are other member of the Coalition, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice. Although the common view is that Spain wimped out to the terrorists demands immediately following the 3/11 Madrid bombings, they still maintain troops in Afghanistan as a part of NATO.
MADRID, Spain -- The coffins of 17 Spanish soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan were arranged together and surrounded by mourners Saturday at an emotional state funeral at the Spanish army headquarters.

And in the Iraqi Theater:
There have been 2,053 coalition troop deaths, 1,861 Americans, 93 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, one Dane, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Hungarian, 26 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, one Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians in the war in Iraq as of August 20, 2005
Wearing different uniforms, speaking other languages, reporting to foreign governments, they remain brothers at arms.

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