Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Canadian Medic killed in Afghanistan Ambush

It looks like the Taliban are going to put on a big push this spring. After taking heavy taking heavy losses in 2006 they resorted to IED's and suicide bombers for the most part throughout 2007. Recent intel suggests that they may have been training in Pakistan to fight at battalion size level (500 troops or more). Apparently they have been studying Canadian and American combat techniques and are set to employ them against us. So it's a good thing that the United States Marines will be deployed along side our Canadian troops with there helicopters and Harrier jump jets.

'Stand up guy' killed in Afghanistan

Gwendolyn Richards, Sarah McGinnis and Stephane Massinon , Canwest News

ServicePublished: Tuesday, May 06, 2008

CALGARY - Cpl. Michael Starker had already dedicated years of his life to the Canadian military when volunteers were sought to serve in the dangerous Afghan mission.
Despite having a wife and a burgeoning career as a Calgary paramedic, the medic felt the need to serve one more time.

What was anticipated to be his last tour fighting in Afghanistan proved deadly for the Calgary reservist, who was killed Tuesday during an ambush that also injured another soldier.

The 36-year-old member of 15 Field Ambulance was on foot patrol when the group was attacked in the Pashmul region of the Zhari district.

Starker is the 83rd Canadian soldier to die during the Afghanistan mission.

"We have lost a fine soldier today and our thoughts are with his family and friends," said Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche, commanding general of Task Force Afghanistan.

"He died helping Afghans build a better future for themselves and their children. His dedication and sacrifice will not be forgotten."

Starker had been with the Edmonton-based unit for the past five years and "his dedication was second to none," 15 Field Ambulance commanding officer Lt.-Col. Roger Scott said in a statement.

"At the time of the incident, our soldiers were conducting a civil-military co-operation patrol in the area, when they came under attack," said Laroche in Afghanistan.

"Our Canadian Forces are making immense sacrifices. They are working to bring security and democracy to the people of Afghanistan, while also protecting and promoting Canadian values," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement.

"Cpl. Starker made the ultimate sacrifice, and his efforts will remain a source of pride for all Canadians."

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