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Canadian death toll in Afghan mission: 130 soldiers, 1 diplomat

Since 2002, 130 Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have died during the mission to Afghanistan. Here is a list of the deaths:

Since 2002, 130 Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have died during the mission to Afghanistan. Here is a list of the deaths:

2009

Sept. 13 - Pte. Patrick Lormand, 21 of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment was killed and four others were injured in a roadside IED blast southwest of Kandahar city. Lormand was on a patrol in the volatile Panjwaii district. The injured soldiers were treated at Kandahar Airfield for minor injuries and released.

Sep. 6 - Maj. Yannick Pepin, 36, of Victoriaville, Que., and Cpl. Jean-Francois Drouin, 31, born in Quebec City - both members of 5 Combat Engineer Regiment, stationed in Valcartier, Que. - killed in roadside bomb blast southwest of Kandahar city.

Aug. 1 - Cpl. Christian Bobbitt, 23, and Sapper Matthieu Allard, 21, both based in Valcartier, Que., were killed in a roadside bomb blast in the Zhari district, west of Kandahar city. The two combat engineers had been in Kandahar as part of the 2e Batallion of the Royal 22e Regiment, or the Van Doos.

July 16 - Pte. Sebastien Courcy, 26, killed during operation in Panjwaii District southwest of Kandahar. Courcy was a member of the 2e Battalion of the Royal 22e Regiment, also known as the Van Doos, based in Valcartier, Que.

July 6 - Master Cpl. Pat Audet, 38, of Montreal, and Cpl. Martin Joannette, 25, of St-Calixte, Que., died in Zabul province when their helicopter crashed on takeoff. Audet was with 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, while Joannette served with the 3e Batalion, Royal 22e Regiment. Both were based at Valcartier, Que. A British soldier was also killed in the crash.

July 4 - Master Cpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud, of Edmundston, N.B., died in a Quebec City hospital nearly two weeks after he stepped on a landmine in the Panjwaii District. Michaud never regained consciousness after the incident, which took place on June 23. The 28-year-old served with the 2e Batallion, Royal 22e Regiment based at Valcartier, Que. He is survived by his wife, his parents and a brother.

July 3 - Cpl. Nick Bulger, 30, of 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, killed when his light armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb seconds after it was narrowly missed by the senior commander of coalition forces in Kandahar province. Canadian Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance was not hurt.

June 14 - Cpl. Martin Dube, 35, a combat engineer of the 5e Regiment du genie de combat based at CFB Valcartier, killed when a roadside bomb he was trying to defuse exploded. Dube was the second Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan in a week. The blast also killed an Afghan police officer and badly wounded an interpreter.

June 8 - Pte. Alexandre (Pelo) Peloquin, 20, killed in a roadside bomb explosion during a foot patrol in the Panjwaii district, about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city. It was an area where insurgents had stepped up attacks on Canadian forces in the region.

April 23 - Maj. Michelle Mendes, 30, the third Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan, found dead in an accommodation room at Kandahar Airfield. Mendes, from near Colborne, Ont., was an intelligence officer based in Ottawa and was assigned to the headquarters of Joint Task Force Kandahar at the time of her death.

April 13 - Trooper Karine Blais, 21, the second female Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan, killed in a roadside bombing in the Shah Wali Kot district, north of Kandahar city. Four other soldiers in the armoured vehicle were wounded. Blais was just two weeks into her first tour of duty in Afghanistan. She was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal 22e Regiment (also known as the Van Doos) but was a member of the 12e Regiment blinde du Canada. Both regiments are based at CFB Valcartier, Que.

March 20 - Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli and Cpl. Tyler Crooks of November Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, killed in a blast in Zhari district; Trooper Jack Bouthillier and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, both of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, killed two hours later in an explosion in the Shah Wali Kot district.

March 8 - Trooper Marc Diab, 22, died in a roadside bomb attack north of Kandahar. Diab was a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons based in Petawawa, Ont. Four other Canadian soldiers in the armoured vehicle were injured when the bomb exploded in the southern portion of Shah Wali Kot district.

March 3 - Warrant Officer Dennis Raymond Brown, Cpl. Dany Fortin and Cpl. Kenneth O'Quinn died when a massive explosive detonated near their armoured vehicle in Arghandab district northwest of Kandahar.

Jan. 31 - Sapper Sean Greenfield, 25, was killed when his armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the volatile Zhari district west of Kandahar city. Greenfield was a member of 24 Field Engineer Squadron, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Petawawa, Ont., serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.

Jan. 6 - Trooper Brian Richard Good, 42, killed in IED blast near his armoured vehicle in district of Shah Wali Kowt, 35 kilometres north of Kandahar city. 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.

2008

Dec. 27 - Warrant Officer Gaetan Roberge and Sgt. Gregory John Kruse were killed by a roadside bomb during a security patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province. The explosion wounded four other Canadian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter. Roberge was a member of the Royal 22nd Regiment who was serving with the Irish Regiment of Canada in Sudbury, Ont. He was part of the Canadian team mentoring Afghanistan's fledgling national police force. Kruse was from 24 Field Squadron, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Petawawa, Ont. He was serving as a member of 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment battle group.

Dec. 26 - Private Michael Freeman killed, three wounded when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Zhari district, 24 kilometres west of Kandahar city. Freeman, 28, was with 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based at CFB Petawawa.

Dec. 13 - Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, Pte. John Michael Roy Curwin and Pte. Justin Peter Jones, all members of 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based at CFB Gagetown, N.B., killed in explosion that hit their vehicle about 14 kilometres west of Kandahar city, near the village of Senjaray. They were members of the force- protection unit for Camp Nathan Smith, home to Canada's provincial reconstruction team in Kandahar.

Dec. 5 - Cpl. Mark Robert McLaren, 23, of Peterborough, Ont.; Pte. Demetrios Diplaros, 25, of Toronto; and Warrant Officer Robert Wilson, 37, of Keswick. Ont., were killed in Arghandab district west of Kandahar city when their armoured vehicle rolled over an improvised explosive device. All three were members of 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ont.

Sept. 7 - Sgt. Prescott (Scott) Shipway, 36, of Esterhazy, Sask., 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Man., killed by a roadside bomb explosion in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar.

Sept. 3 - Cpl. Andrew Grenon, 23, of Windsor, Ont.; Cpl. Mike Seggie, 21, of Winnipeg; and Pte. Chad Horn, 21, of Calgary, all members of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Man., are killed in an attack on their armoured vehicle in Zhari district.

Aug. 20 - Sapper Stephan John Stock, Cpl. Dustin Roy Robert Joseph Wasden and Sgt. Shawn Eades are killed when an improvised explosive device hit their vehicle in Zhari district. All three were with 12 Field Squadron, 1 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Edmonton.

Aug. 11 - Master Cpl. Erin Doyle was killed when insurgents attacked a remote combat outpost in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar. A member of the 3rd battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based out of Edmonton, Doyle was on his third tour in Afghanistan.

Aug. 9 - Master Cpl. Josh Roberts, an infantryman in Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group based in Shilo, Manitoba, died of his injuries following a battle involving coalition forces, insurgents and security personnel from a civilian convoy in Zhari district west of Kandahar city.

July 18 - Cpl. James Hayward Arnal, 25, 2nd Battalion, Prince Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based at CFB Shilo, Man. He was struck by a roadside explosion during a foot patrol in Panjwaii district near Kandahar city.

July 6 - Pte. Colin William Wilmot, a military medic based in Edmonton. He died in an explosion while on foot patrol in Panjwaii district near Kandahar city.

July 4 - Cpl. Brendan Anthony Downey, a military policeman based in Dundurn, Sask. Found dead in sleeping quarters in a secret base in the Arabian desert. A non-combat casualty.

June 7 - Capt. Jonathan Sutherland Snyder, of Penticton, B.C., from 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, dies after falling into a well during a night-time patrol in a field in Zhari district, west of Kandahar.

June 3 - Capt. Richard Steve Leary, 32, of Brantford, Ont., from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patric's Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Man., is killed in a gun battle while battling insurgents who ambushed the patrol he was leading in the Panjwaii district outside Kandahar city.

May 6 - Cpl. Michael Starker, 36 of Calgary, of the 15 Field Ambulance Regiment based in Edmonton, is killed in a gun battle with Taliban militants. The reservist and paramedic was on a goodwill patrol that was attacked within sight of a major Canadian forward operating base in Zhari district outside Kandahar city.

April 4 - Pte. Terry John Street, 24, of Hull, Que., from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Man., killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Street and his colleagues were redeploying after a long day of activity in the volatile Panjwaii district west of Kandahar city when the explosion occurred.

March 16 - Sergeant Jason Boyes, 32, of Napanee, Ontario from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Man., killed by an explosive device while on foot patrol in Panjwaii district of Kandahar province.

March 11 - Bombardier Jeremie Ouellet, 22, of Matane, Que., from 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Shilo, Man., found dead in accommodation room at Kandahar Airfield. Military says death not related to combat.

March 2 - Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze, 25, from Lord Strathcona's Horse, Edmonton, killed by roadside bomb in Mushan, 45 kilometres west of Kandahar City.

Jan. 23 - Sapper Etienne Gonthier, 21, of St-Georges, Que., near Quebec City, a combat engineer serving with 5ieme Regiement du Genie de Combat, killed in a mine-clearing operation when his light armoured vehicle was hit by roadside bomb in the Panjwaii district.

Jan. 15 - Trooper Richard Renaud, 26, of Alma Que., a member of the 12e Regiment blinde du Canada, killed when the Coyote light armoured vehicle he was travelling in hit a roadside bomb while on patrol in the Arghandab district, north of Kandahar city.

Jan. 6 - Warrant Officer Hani Massouh, 41, and Cpl. Eric Labbe, 31, of 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, killed when their armoured vehicle rolled over in wet, rugged terrain southwest of Kandahar City.

2007

Dec. 30 - Jonathan Dion, 27, gunner with 5th Regiment d'Artillerie legere du Canada from Val-d'Or, Que., killed when his light armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

Nov. 17 - Cpl. Nicolas Raymond Beauchamp of the 5th Field Ambulance in Valcartier and Pte. Michel Levesque of the Royal 22nd Regiment, killed when their light armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb near Bazar-e Panjwaii.

Sept. 24 - Cpl. Nathan Hornburg, 24, with the King's Own Calgary regiment, killed by a mortar shell while trying to repair a Leopard tank in southern Afghanistan.

Aug. 29 - Maj. Raymond Ruckpaul, 42, died from a gunshot wound in his room at the headquarters of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Kabul. He was an armoured officer based at the NATO Allied Land Component Command Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany.

Aug. 22 - Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier, Royal 22nd Regiment; Master Cpl. Christian Duchesne, 5th Field Ambulance unit, both based in Valcartier, Que., killed when light armoured vehicle struck by roadside bomb after battle for strategic hill west of Kandahar city.

Aug. 19

- Pte. Simon Longtin, 23, of Longueuil, Que., on Montreal's south shore, a member of the Royal 22nd Regiment, killed when his light armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb west of Kandahar city.

July 4 - Cpl. Cole Bartsch, Capt. Matthew Johnathan Dawe, Pte. Lane Watkins and Cpl. Jordan Anderson, all of 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton; Master Cpl. Colin Bason, a reservist from The Royal Westminster Regiment based in New Westminster, B.C., and Capt. Jefferson Francis of the 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based in Shilo, Man., killed by a roadside bomb west of Kandahar city.

June 20 - Sgt. Christos Karigiannis, Cpl. Stephen Frederick Bouzane and Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe, all of 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb near a forward-operating base at Sperwan Ghar, west of Kandahar.

June 11 - Trooper Darryl Caswell, 25, of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, killed when an improvised explosive device detonated underneath his vehicle north of Kandahar City.

May 30 - Master Cpl. Darrell Jason Priede, a combat photographer based at CFB Gagetown, N.B., killed when a U.S. helicopter was reportedly shot down by the Taliban in Helmand province.

May 25 - Cpl. Matthew McCully, 25, a signals operator from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron based at Petawawa, Ont., killed by an improvised explosive device in Zhari district.

April 18 - Master Cpl. Anthony Klumpenhouwer, 25, of Listowel, Ont., died after falling from a communications tower while on duty with the elite Special Operations Forces Command, conducting surveillance in Kandahar City.

April 11 - Master Cpl. Allan Stewart, 30, and Trooper Patrick James Pentland, 23, both of the Royal Canadian Dragoons based in Petawawa, Ont., killed when their Coyote vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

April 8 - Pte. Kevin V. Kennedy, 20, of St. Lawrence, Nfld., Sgt. Donald Lucas, 31, of Burton, N.B., Cpl. Aaron E. Williams, 23, of Lincoln, N.B., Pte. David R. Greenslade, 20, of Saint John, N.B., Cpl. Brent Poland, 37, of Sarnia, Ont., all of Gagetown, N.B.-based 2nd Battalion, RCR; and Cpl. Christopher Stannix, 24, of Dartmouth, N.S., from the Halifax-based Princess Louise Fusiliers, killed when their armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Maywand district.

March 6 - Cpl. Kevin Megeney, 25, of Stellarton, N.S., a member of 1st Battalion of Nova Scotia Highlanders, killed by accidental shooting at NATO base in Kandahar.

2006

Nov. 27 - Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Girouard, his battalion's regimental sergeant major, and Cpl. Albert Storm, both of Royal Canadian Regiment based in CFB Petawawa, killed when suicide car bomber attacked their Bison armoured personnel carrier on outskirts of Kandahar City.

Oct. 14 - Sgt. Darcy Tedford, based at CFB Petawawa, and Pte. Blake Williamson from Ottawa killed in ambush west of Kandahar.

Oct. 7 - Trooper Mark Andrew Wilson of Royal Canadian Dragoons, based in Petawawa, Ont., killed when his armoured vehicle hit by roadside bomb in Panjwaii district.

Oct. 3 - Sgt. Craig Gillam and Cpl. Robert Mitchell of Royal Canadian Dragoons, based in Petawawa, Ont., killed in series of mortar, rocket attacks just west of Kandahar City.

Sept. 29 - Pte. Josh Klukie of First Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ont., killed by explosion in Panjwaii while on foot patrol.

Sept. 18 - Pte. David Byers, Cpl. Shane Keating and Cpl. Keith Morley, all of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Man., and Cpl. Glen Arnold, 2 Field Ambulance, based in Petawawa, Ont., killed in suicide bicycle bomb attack while on foot patrol in Panjwaii.

Sept. 4 - Pte. Mark Graham, based at CFB Petawawa, killed when two NATO planes accidentally strafed Canadian troops in Panjwaii district.

Sept. 3 - Sgt. Shane Stachnik, Warrant Officer Frank Robert Mellish, Pte. William Cushley and Warrant Officer Richard Francis Nolan, all based at CFB Petawawa, Ont., killed in fighting in Panjwaii district.

Aug. 22 - Cpl. David Braun, based at Shilo, Man., killed in suicide bomb attack in Kandahar City.

Aug. 11 - Cpl. Andrew Eykelenboom, 23, of Comox, B.C., stationed with 1st Field Ambulance, based in Edmonton, killed in suicide attack.

Aug. 9 - Master Cpl. Jeffrey Walsh, 33, of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Man., killed by apparent accidental discharge of rifle.

Aug. 5 - Master Cpl. Raymond Arndt, 31, of Loyal Edmonton Regiment, killed when large truck collided head-on with his G-Wagon patrol vehicle.

Aug. 3 - Cpl. Christopher Reid, 34, of 1st Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, killed by roadside bomb. Three other members of same battalion killed in rocket-propelled grenade attack by Taliban forces west of Kandahar: Sgt. Vaughan Ingram, 35, Cpl. Bryce Keller, 27, and Pte. Kevin Dallaire, 22.

July 22 - Cpl. Francisco Gomez, 44, of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, and Cpl. Jason Warren, 29, of Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, based in Montreal, killed when car packed with explosives rammed their armoured vehicle.

July 9 - Cpl. Anthony Boneca, 21, reservist from Lake Superior Scottish Regiment based in Thunder Bay, Ont., killed in firefight.

May 17 - Capt. Nichola Goddard, artillery officer based in Shilo, Man., with 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, killed in Taliban ambush during battle in Panjwaii region. She was first Canadian woman to be killed in action while serving in combat role.

April 22 - Cpl. Matthew Dinning of Richmond Hill, Ont., stationed with 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade in Petawawa, Ont., Bombardier Myles Mansell of Victoria, Lt. William Turner of Toronto, stationed in Edmonton, and Cpl. Randy Payne, born in Lahr, Germany, stationed at CFB Wainright, Alta., all killed when their G-Wagon destroyed by roadside bomb near Gumbad.

March 29 - Pte. Robert Costall of Edmonton, machine-gunner, killed in firefight with Taliban insurgents in Sangin district of Helmand province.

March 2 - Cpl. Paul Davis of Bridgewater, N.S., and Master Cpl. Timothy Wilson of Grande Prairie, Alta., killed when their armoured vehicle ran off road in Kandahar area.

Jan. 15 - Glyn Berry, British-born Canadian diplomat who had served with Foreign Affairs Department since 1977, killed in suicide bombing near Kandahar.

2005

Nov. 24 - Pte. Braun Woodfield, born in Victoria and raised in Eastern Passage, N.S., killed when his armoured vehicle rolled over near Kandahar.

2004

Jan. 27 - Cpl. Jamie Murphy, 26, of Conception Harbour, Nfld., killed in suicide bombing while on patrol near Kabul.

2003

Oct. 2 - Sgt. Robert Short, 42, of Fredericton, and Cpl. Robbie Beerenfenger, 29, of Ottawa, killed in roadside bombing southwest of Kabul.

2002

April 18 - Sgt. Marc Leger, 29, of Lancaster, Ont., Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, 24, of Montreal, Pte. Richard Green, 21, of Mill Cove, N.S., and Pte. Nathan Smith, 27, of Tatamagouche, N.S., all killed when U.S. F-16 fighter mistakenly bombed Canadians on pre-dawn training exercise. Eight other Canadians wounded in friendly-fire incident.

(Note: It was still April 17 in Canada because of the time difference.)

 
 
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