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Capt. Nichola Goddard, of 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based in Shilo, Man., was killed in action at 6:55 p.m., 24 kilometres west of Kandahar city, a Canadian Forces spokesman said in Kandahar. Her age and hometown were not immediately released.
Members of the Canadian Forces were backing up combined operations of the Afghan national police and army, and were moving against a concentration of Taliban fighters in the Panjwai area at the time, the spokesman said.
Goddard was the 17th Canadian killed in Afghanistan since 2002 — one diplomat and 16 soldiers, including four who died in the friendly-fire bombing by a U.S. warplane.
Capt. Nichola Goddard was serving as a
forward observer with the Princess
Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in
Afghanistan. (Department of National
Originally posted by V Kaminski
Even the Dutch and the Brits are somewhat reticent to expand and extend their roles as was explained in Parliament yesterday. Harper said that the Canadian commitment could be used to encourage the Dutch to join as the Dutch he felt owed Canada for our services to the Dutch in WWII. As Bubbles would say,"Gree-hee-heeasy, Mr. Harper."
Goddard was killed Wednesday night in a firefight with Taliban insurgents west of Kandahar. A member of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Goddard was serving as a forward artillery observer, helping direct fire at enemy positions from near the front lines, when the LAV III (Light Armoured Vehicle) she was riding in was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Goddard, 26, of Calgary, was married, with no children.
Although Canadian women lost their lives in action in both the First and Second world wars, Goddard was the first fatality in a combat role, opened to Canadian women in 1990.
Originally posted by Duzey
As for Harper saying the Dutch owe us, pffft. They don't owe us a damn thing. You don't help people out just so you can hold it over their heads for 60 years and then call in a favour. That's just pathetic. :shk:
Originally posted by Duzey
From what I hear, Canadians are treated exceptionally well when in Holland, with random strangers stopping us on the street to thank us.
Originally posted by cap_n_america
Kind of hard to remain non-contact in a LOACH. STILL another loss that shouldn't have happened.
Originally posted by denythestatusquo
Then you should tell all those allies of Russia and China to not shoot at them then. Myself I wish they would go home and keep making turnip soup or whatever they eat over there since they still want to remain poor and keep confrontation going with the rest of the world.