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PostSubject: # 148......   Mon 21 Jun 2010, 8:04 pm

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100621/afghanistan-macneil-100621/

An IED blast has claimed the life of another Canadian soldier in Afghanistan.

Sgt. James Macneil, of Glace Bay, N.S., died Monday morning while on a joint foot patrol with members of the Afghan National Army near the village of Nakhonay, about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city.

The 28-year-old was killed after dismounting from his armoured vehicle.

Macneil was from the 2 Combat Engineer Regiment based at CFB Petawawa. He was serving with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.

"We are all thinking of the family and friends of our Canadian fallen comrade during this sad time," read a statement on the Department of National Defence website. "The commitment and sacrifice of our military and their loved ones are helping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Kandahar Province."

Brig.-Gen Jonathan Vance, commander of Task Force Kandahar, said Macneil was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan.

Vance called Macneil a "proud Cape Bretoner" with a great sense of humour who was always "the life of the party."

"He was blessed with a permanent smile and eyes that could not conceal the mischief that he was no doubt contemplating," Vance said.

According to Vance, after Macneil's last deployment to Afghanistan and before his promotion to sergeant, the young soldier was recognized as the top master corporal in 2 Mechanized Brigade Group.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper hailed Macneil as a "courageous, dedicated soldier" and offered his condolences to Macneil's friends and family.

"May you be consoled by the knowledge that an entire country stands behind you in your grief," Harper said in a statement.

Governor General Michaelle Jean called Macneil "a dedicated participant in this most complex and perilous mission. We shall forever be indebted to him for the tremendous perseverance, courage, heroism and generosity that he exhibited. We shall not forget him."

Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Macneil "served valiantly alongside his comrades to help build a better and brighter future for Afghans."

The village of Nakhonay in the Panjwaii district has been particularly dangerous for Canadian soldiers. Dozens of Canadians have been injured or killed in the region as Taliban militants battle to retain a presence in the area.

Earlier this month, 35-year-old Sgt. Martin Goudreault died near the same village while on foot patrol. He, too, was killed by an IED blast.

More than half of the Canadians who died in Afghanistan this year have been killed by IEDs.

CTV's South Asia Bureau Chief Janis Mackey Frayer said the IED is an ever-present danger for Canadian Forces members.

"As the military changes it's tactics, so do the insurgents," Mackey Frayer told CTV News Channel by telephone from Kabul, summing up the danger on the ground.

Vance said for every IED Canadian soldiers find and disarm, Afghan lives are spared and the work of rebuilding communities can continue.

"Through constant patrolling and maintaining a presence in that community, Afghans know to trust both Canadian and Afghan soldiers and respect their efforts to bring them security from all sources of harm," he said.

Macneil is the 148th Canadian soldier killed since the Canadian Forces entered Afghanistan in 2002.

A journalist and diplomat have also died during the Afghan mission.

With files from The Canadian Press


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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Mon 21 Jun 2010, 8:33 pm

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Mon 21 Jun 2010, 9:59 pm

R.I.P Sgt MacNeil

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Mon 21 Jun 2010, 10:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Mon 21 Jun 2010, 11:09 pm

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Mon 21 Jun 2010, 11:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 12:16 am

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 6:37 am

salute o.k. we have to change this guy...I just realized he's saluting witht the wrong hand.
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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 10:28 am

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 1:27 pm

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salute o.k. we have to change this guy...I just realized he's saluting witht the wrong hand.

Shouldn't you have noticed that sooner? Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 4:09 pm

Want me to delete him? I put another one in already.

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 5:08 pm

I'll admit I'm really not up on all our current political/military standings......but can someone please enlighten me as to why our troops are in Afghanistan and paying for 'what ? ' with their lives?

My heart goes out to his family, the families of all injured and lost and the families of those still serving. May there be a swift and loss free end to this soon. Bring our troops home!
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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 6:07 pm

How's that one?

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 6:28 pm

fleas, I'm assuming that question is for me. I'll try to elaborate a bit more from my point of view. I really don't understand why our troops are in Afghanistan. Honestly. I definitely understand them fighting for our country and aiding allies in their fight, especially when the conflict affects or could affect us. But why they are being sent to countries on the other side of the world who's impact on us is minimal to nil, where often their presence may not be welcome.......to the point of injuring or killing those serving..........why are Canadians involved? I'm really not trying to be flippant or sarcastic.....I honestly want to know. A good friend of mine who joined the Navy only to find out she couldn't cut sea life so was in limbo waiting to be accepted into the Army ended up being posted to Kandahar. This woman was trained as a sonar op and found herself stationed in the 'desert' wearing combat gear and toting a monster weapon. Thankfully she returned safely after her tour, but to this day I don't know if she has ever fathomed a reason for either her or other Canadians being there.

Maybe if I understand the reasoning and the need, I'll be more acceptant of the situation. Although the loss of any of our troops is always hard to hear.

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 6:35 pm

Sorry, rottn...it was meant for the smiley.

Regarding your post though, I don't see why we're over there either. I'm sure they have their reasons.

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:06 pm

Much better Fleas, can't believe I didn't notice it sooner. Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Tue 22 Jun 2010, 8:17 pm

Mousey wrote:
Much better Fleas, can't believe I didn't notice it sooner. Thanks.

I'm here to help miss Mousey Very Happy .

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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Wed 23 Jun 2010, 7:24 pm

I just came across this while checking out our local tattoo artist's site. Kirt is incredible at 'portraits' and he
made note of the fact that doing this one was very emotional for him.

I felt it was fitting to place it here, not to promote his work.....but because of the symbolism and sad reality
behind this one piece.



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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Wed 23 Jun 2010, 9:16 pm

Wow that's beautiful work..
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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Wed 23 Jun 2010, 9:40 pm

Yes very beautiful work..
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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Wed 23 Jun 2010, 11:46 pm

One more note on the late Sgt. MacNeil from our local paper........


"Less than 24 hours before his death, MacNeil and his girlfriend got engaged long-distance and began making plans for a wedding and a new home."


Heartbreaking



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PostSubject: Re: # 148......   Sat 26 Jun 2010, 11:11 pm

Two more today, medics Crying or Very sad
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