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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan The ever present perils of the Panjwaii claimed the life of another young Canadian soldier Thursday when his armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb while returning from a mission to root out Taliban command centres and weapons caches.
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Lanthier, standing with two fellow grim faced soldiers as the sun began to set at the base near Quebec City, said Couturier's brothers and sisters in arms would not forget Nike Air Max 2016 Custom
Since April 2007, 63 of the 86 Canadian deaths in Afghanistan were the result of improvised explosive devices.
The tragedy makes Couturier the 131st Canadian soldier to die as part of the Afghan mission since it began in 2002. Eleven others who suffered minor injuries in the blast were treated at the Role 3 Hospital at Kandahar Airfield and have since returned to duty.
Pte. Jonathan Couturier, 23, a member of 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment, based in Valcartier, Que., was killed when his vehicle detonated an improvised explosive device some 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city.
In a news conference at CFB Valcartier on Thursday, Col. Jean Marc Lanthier said the entire military community was in mourning.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement offering condolences.
On Sept. 6, Maj. Yannick Pepin, 36, of Victoriaville, Que., and Cpl. Jean Francois Drouin, 31, born in Quebec City, were killed in roadside bomb blast southwest of Kandahar city. Their compatriot, Pte.
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this past month for the storied Royal 22e Regiment, also known as the Van Doos.
Some 72 of the 131 Canadian soldiers killed as part of the mission have died at the hands of an IED, which in Afghanistan are typically crudely fashioned, inexpensive devices made from ancient ordnance and household bits and pieces.
"He never missed an occasion to talk about his passions hockey, his (Ford) Mustang and last but not least the love of his life Andreanne," Vance said.
Lanthier, Commander 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, said the military was grieving along with the soldier's parents Celine and Yvan, brother Nicolas and spouse Andreanne.
the preferred weapon of the Taliban and an insidious torment to the efforts of both Canadian and NATO soldiers.
"Jonathan chose a life in the military and courageously served his country," Lanthier said.
"The determination of his brothers in arms is reinforced by this ordeal, to ensure that his sacrifice will not be in vain," Nike Air Max Reflective Shoes Lanthier said.
"These types of operations were an important part of the security that Jonathan and his comrades were providing in Kandahar province," Vance said of Couturier's mission.
"On behalf of all Canadians and on behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend our support, our thoughts and our prayers to you during this difficult time."
Despite the coalition's best efforts, the Panjwaii district the birthplace of the Taliban remains something of a safe harbour for insurgents, with mud walled compounds, grape orchards and vast marijuana and poppy fields that offer excellent enemy refuge.
"At the time of his death, Jonathan was returning from an operation designed to protect the population by removing insurgent command and control networks in the Panjwaii district," said Brig. Gen. Jonathan Vance, the commander of Task Force Kandahar.
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Couturier was born in Loretteville, near Quebec City. He had been with the Canadian Forces since March 2006.
"This meant capturing weapons and IED caches and preventing the movement of insurgents and weaponry into areas where innocent civilians might be harmed."
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