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  1. #41
    I don't generally post about this on CW, but August has been a bad month for the NZ Defence Force. On August 4, two Kiwi soldiers, LCPL Pralli Durrer and LCPL Rory Malone, were killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. Now, a NZDF media release states that a further 3 Kiwis have been killed in an IED explosion yesterday (19 August). The number of NZDF personnel killed in Afghanistan has now doubled compared to 3 weeks ago.

    Kia kaha to their families, friends and colleagues.
    Pilot Officer Mel Pendly
    17 (City of Christchurch) SQN
    ANZAC: And now we know what nations know, and feel what nations feel.

  2. #42

    The New Zealand Defence Force has named the three soldiers killed during an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) incident in the North East of Bamyan Province, Afghanistan on Sunday 19 August.

    They are CPL Luke Tamatea, aged 31, LCPL Jacinda Baker, aged 26, and PTE Richard Harris, aged 21.


    Pilot Officer Mel Pendly
    17 (City of Christchurch) SQN
    ANZAC: And now we know what nations know, and feel what nations feel.

  3. #43
    A very moving video of the regiment performing the Haka to bid their comrades farewell has been posted on Youtube.

    For those who aren't familiar with what a haka is, the caption for the video explains:

    Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only Māori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as the Defence Force. Units with the NZ Army have their own haka. This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their fallen comrades as they come onto the Unit's parade ground. It is also an emotive farewell for they will leave via the waharoa (the carved entrance way) for the very last time.

    Haka --sometimes termed a posture dance could also be described as a chant with actions. There are various forms of haka; some with weapons some without, some have set actions others may be 'free style.' Haka is used by Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) for a myriad of reasons; to challenge or express defiance or contempt, to demonstrate approval or appreciation, to encourage or to discourage, to acknowledge feats and achievements, to welcome, to farewell, as an expression of pride, happiness or sorrow. There is almost no inappropriate occasion for haka; it is an outward display of inner thoughts and emotions. Within the context of an occasion it is abundantly clear which emotion is being expressed.
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  5. #44
    From DND:

    Death of a Canadian Ranger in Nunavut

    NR 13.059 - February 19, 2013

    OTTAWA – A Canadian Ranger died in a snowmobile accident on Sunday, February 17, about 24 kilometres southwest of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, during Exercise Polar Passage.

    Corporal Donald Anguyoak was a member of the Gjoa Haven Ranger Patrol, which is part of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. He was on duty at the time of the accident, acting as lead scout for the Gjoa Haven Canadian Ranger Patrol.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Donald Anguyoak at this difficult time,” said Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander Canadian Army. “We remember Donald for his passion about passing his knowledge and skills to the youth of Gjoa Haven through the Junior Canadian Ranger program.”

    A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the cause and any factors that contributed to this accident. As a result, no further details will be released in connection with the circumstances surrounding the fatality at this time.

    The Canadian Rangers are an important part of the Canadian Armed Forces as they are highly skilled Reserve members who are experienced in Arctic survival and are deployed whenever the military operates in the North.

    Exercise Polar Passage is a Canadian Ranger exercise involving multiple Ranger patrols. The exercise continues in the Northwest Passage until March 3, in order to exercise sovereignty, increase situational awareness and support Government of Canada initiatives in the region. This exercise also incorporates the Canadian Ranger Ocean Watch program which is a collaboration between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Department of National Defence to establish sustainable environmental monitoring.

  6. #45

    Canadian soldier killed in Iraq


    Canadian soldier killed in Iraq appeared at front line unannounced: Kurdish officials

    Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron was killed after he and others showed up to the front line unannounced, a spokesman for Iraq’s Kurdish forces said Sunday.

    Bram Janssen The Associated Press

    IRBIL, IRAQ—A Canadian special forces soldier was killed in a friendly fire incident after he and others ignored an order to stay in their car and showed up to the front line unannounced, a spokesman for Iraq’s Kurdish forces said Sunday.

    The death on Friday of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron marked Canada’s first casualty as part of the U.S.-led coalition’s war on the extremist Islamic State group. Canadian officials could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday on the Peshmerga claim, though Canada’s defence minister previously acknowledged Doiron’s death came as a result of “a case of mistaken identity.”

    Peshmerga spokesman Halgurd Hekmat said a group of Canadian soldiers showed up unannounced Friday to the village of Bashiq, in Iraq’s Nineveh province near the militant-held city of Mosul. The area had seen heavy fighting against Islamic State militants the previous day.

    “When they returned, the Peshmerga asked them to identify themselves,” Hekmat told The Associated Press. “They answered in Arabic; that’s when Peshmerga started shooting. It was their fault.”

    Hekmat added that he doesn’t know why the Canadians were there. “I consider it an improper action by the Canadians and illogical,” he said.

    Two Kurdish officials later told the AP that Doiron’s body was flown to Canada early Sunday following a military ceremony at Irbil International Airport. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief journalists.

    Canada’s defence department on Saturday announced the death of Doiron, a soldier in the Canadian Special Operations Regiment based at Garrison Petawawa, Ontario. Three other Canadian soldiers were wounded in the incident and are in stable condition, Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney said.

    Canada has 69 special forces soldiers with Kurdish peshmerga fighters in what the government calls an advising and assisting role. They were sent to help train Kurdish fighters last September in a mission that was billed as noncombat with the elite troops working far behind the front lines

    The fact that Canadian special forces have been training and assisting on the front lines and directing airstrikes has stirred controversy in the country, but Kenney said the rules of engagement will remain the same.
    Kenney said Doiron’s death had “nothing to do with combat,” saying it was a case of mistaken identity on the part of Kurdish fighters at night.

    “It was caused by a failure of identification. There will be an inquiry,” Kenney said.
    The Islamic State group currently holds a third of Iraq and Syria. The U.S.-led coalition began airstrikes targeting the extremists in August.

    So far, four other troops have been killed as part of the coalition, not counting Iraqi forces. They include a U.S. Marine presumed lost at sea in October, a Marine killed in a noncombat incident in Baghdad in October, a U.S. air force pilot killed in December when his jet crashed in Jordan and a captive Jordanian pilot burned to death in a cage by the Islamic State group.

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