May 27, 2015


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Canadian combat operations wind down in Afghanistan

Pvt. Jay Mora, of Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, dismounts from a light armored vehicle under the moonlight in preparation for an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Forward Operating Base Kyhber in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment soldier Sgt. Chris Larochelle, 41, of Quebec, Canada, looks on after soldiers set fire to approximately a thousand pounds of hashish that was discovered in a compound during a joint operation with Canadian and Afghan forces Monday, June 27, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Soldiers comfort each other after paying their respects to the casket of Master Cpl. Francis Roy, a member of the Canadian Army's special forces regiment during a ramp ceremony in the early hours Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield. Roy was found mortally wounded by fellow soldiers early Saturday at a forward operating base in Kandahar city. His death is still under investigation by military police, but enemy action has been ruled out. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Soldiers carry the casket of Master Cpl. Francis Roy, a member of the Canadian Army's special forces regiment, to a waiting aircraft during a ramp ceremony in the early hours Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield. Roy was found mortally wounded by fellow soldiers early Saturday at a forward operating base in Kandahar city. His death is still under investigation by military police, but enemy action has been ruled out. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Brig.-Gen Dean Milner, Commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, salutes the casket of Master Cpl. Francis Roy, a member of the Army's special forces regiment, during a ramp ceremony aboard an aircraft in the early hours Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield. Roy was found mortally wounded by fellow soldiers early Saturday at a forward operating base in Kandahar city. His death is still under investigation by military police, but enemy action has been ruled out. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Soldiers carry the casket of Master Cpl. Francis Roy, a member of the Canadian Army's special forces regiment, to a waiting aircraft during a ramp ceremony in the early hours Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield. Roy was found mortally wounded by fellow soldiers early Saturday at a forward operating base in Kandahar city. His death is still under investigation by military police, but enemy action has been ruled out. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Brig.-Gen Dean Milner, Commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, left, gives a lay of the land to U.S. Army Col. Todd Wood on an observation point as the Canadians prepare to hand over command of the area to the Americans Tuesday, June 28, 2011 on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Canadian Army soldier Cpl. Mathieu Caron, 23, of Quebec, Canada, with the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment searches a room inside a compound during one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Canadian Army soldier Sgt. Marc Jorg, 23, of Quebec, Canada, with the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment looks on as Abdulsalam, lower right, brushes his teeth during a search inside a compound on one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Canadian Army soldier Cpl. Mathieu Caron, 23, of Quebec, Canada, with the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment exits a room after searching a compound during one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cpl. Joel Carriere, 29, of Montreal, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment patrols through a hashish field on one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A local Afghan man who goes by the name of as Abdulsalam, left, brushes his teeth from inside his compound as soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment conduct one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Lt. Col. Michel-Henri St. Louis, center, commander of the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment, gives a farewell speech to soldiers Wednesday, June 29, 2011 on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Canadian Army Pvt. Kevin Tessier, 20, of Montreal, Canada, center, with the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment is cheered by fellow soldiers after receiving a coin from Lt. Col. Michel-Henri St. Louis, near left, during a farewell speech by St. Louis Wednesday, June 29, 2011 on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A young Afghan boy peers out from a hut as Canadian Army soldiers from the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment patrol through his village on one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cpl. Sebastien Richer, 35, left, of Quebec, Canada, waits to play in a game of hockey Wednesday, June 29, 2011 on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A tent for soldiers of the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment is decorated with a countdown until their return home Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cpl. Francois Lemieux, 22, of Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, searches a room for a weapons cache on an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jonathan Chalifoux, 23, of Germanville, Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, takes cover as a controlled detonation goes off in the background during an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A tattoo decorates the arm of Cpl. Jonathan Chalifoux, 23, of Germanville, Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, as he tests a teenager's hand for explosive and gun powder residue during an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Master Cpl. Louis Filipe Groulx, 23, front, of Montreal, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, works with a U.S. Army Psychology Operations team before an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pvt. Marc Savard, 21, of Baiecomeau, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, patrols dried out poppy heads Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A young Afghan girl walks through a field near her home in the village of Mayan Jo as a Canadian helicopter provides air support on an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, patrol at sunrise Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
An Afghan man at right wakes up from under a sleeping tent as soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment search a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pvt. Richard Boutet, 38, of Quebec City, Canada, background with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment searches a compound as the owner Fazel Mohammad, left, looks on during their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Flies sit on the face of one year-old Hussein Shah, as soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment search a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pvt. Maxeme Jauvin, 22, of Quebec Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment searches a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pvt. Richard Boutet, 38, of Quebec City, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment kicks in a door while searching a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment return to base on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Sharif Ullah, center, looks on as soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment search his compound during their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, of Quebec City, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment searches a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment Pvt. Richard Boutet, 38, left, and Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, both of Quebec City, Canada, share a celebratory toast with non-alcoholic beer upon completion of their final operation at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, drinks a celebratory non-alcoholic beer with Pvt. Richard Boutet, 38, left, both of Quebec City, Canada, upon completion of their final operation at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment Cpl. Francois Lemieux, 22, center, is greeted by Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, left, both of Quebec, Canada as they return to Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar at the conclusion of their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, right, and Master Cpl. Kevin Lomelin, 23, both of Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment check their position on a map during their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment Cpl. Steven Taylor, 24, right, says goodbye to Master Cpl. Caryl Schorderet, 28, both of Quebec, Canada, as he boards a helicopter at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar to begin his journey home Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ADDS NAME OF ARMY UNIT - Master Cpl. Caryl Schorderet, 28, left, and Cpl. Derrick Noonan, 25, both from Quebec, of the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment, celebrate upon boarding a helicopter at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar to begin their journey home Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cpl. Frederic Bouchard, 24, of Quebec, Canada, boards a helicopter at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar with fellow soldiers of the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment to begin their journey home Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pvt. Jay Mora, of Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, dismounts from a light armored vehicle under the moonlight in preparation for an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Forward Operating Base Kyhber in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment soldier Sgt. Chris Larochelle, 41, of Quebec, Canada, looks on after soldiers set fire to approximately a thousand pounds of hashish that was discovered in a compound during a joint operation with Canadian and Afghan forces Monday, June 27, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Soldiers comfort each other after paying their respects to the casket of Master Cpl. Francis Roy, a member of the Canadian Army's special forces regiment during a ramp ceremony in the early hours Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield. Roy was found mortally wounded by fellow soldiers early Saturday at a forward operating base in Kandahar city. His death is still under investigation by military police, but enemy action has been ruled out. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Soldiers carry the casket of Master Cpl. Francis Roy, a member of the Canadian Army's special forces regiment, to a waiting aircraft during a ramp ceremony in the early hours Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield. Roy was found mortally wounded by fellow soldiers early Saturday at a forward operating base in Kandahar city. His death is still under investigation by military police, but enemy action has been ruled out. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Brig.-Gen Dean Milner, Commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, salutes the casket of Master Cpl. Francis Roy, a member of the Army's special forces regiment, during a ramp ceremony aboard an aircraft in the early hours Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield. Roy was found mortally wounded by fellow soldiers early Saturday at a forward operating base in Kandahar city. His death is still under investigation by military police, but enemy action has been ruled out. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Soldiers carry the casket of Master Cpl. Francis Roy, a member of the Canadian Army's special forces regiment, to a waiting aircraft during a ramp ceremony in the early hours Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield. Roy was found mortally wounded by fellow soldiers early Saturday at a forward operating base in Kandahar city. His death is still under investigation by military police, but enemy action has been ruled out. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Brig.-Gen Dean Milner, Commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, left, gives a lay of the land to U.S. Army Col. Todd Wood on an observation point as the Canadians prepare to hand over command of the area to the Americans Tuesday, June 28, 2011 on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Canadian Army soldier Cpl. Mathieu Caron, 23, of Quebec, Canada, with the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment searches a room inside a compound during one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Canadian Army soldier Sgt. Marc Jorg, 23, of Quebec, Canada, with the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment looks on as Abdulsalam, lower right, brushes his teeth during a search inside a compound on one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Canadian Army soldier Cpl. Mathieu Caron, 23, of Quebec, Canada, with the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment exits a room after searching a compound during one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Cpl. Joel Carriere, 29, of Montreal, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment patrols through a hashish field on one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
A local Afghan man who goes by the name of as Abdulsalam, left, brushes his teeth from inside his compound as soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment conduct one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Lt. Col. Michel-Henri St. Louis, center, commander of the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment, gives a farewell speech to soldiers Wednesday, June 29, 2011 on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Canadian Army Pvt. Kevin Tessier, 20, of Montreal, Canada, center, with the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment is cheered by fellow soldiers after receiving a coin from Lt. Col. Michel-Henri St. Louis, near left, during a farewell speech by St. Louis Wednesday, June 29, 2011 on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
A young Afghan boy peers out from a hut as Canadian Army soldiers from the1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment patrol through his village on one of their final operations Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Cpl. Sebastien Richer, 35, left, of Quebec, Canada, waits to play in a game of hockey Wednesday, June 29, 2011 on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
A tent for soldiers of the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment is decorated with a countdown until their return home Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Cpl. Francois Lemieux, 22, of Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, searches a room for a weapons cache on an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Jonathan Chalifoux, 23, of Germanville, Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, takes cover as a controlled detonation goes off in the background during an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
A tattoo decorates the arm of Cpl. Jonathan Chalifoux, 23, of Germanville, Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, as he tests a teenager's hand for explosive and gun powder residue during an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Master Cpl. Louis Filipe Groulx, 23, front, of Montreal, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, works with a U.S. Army Psychology Operations team before an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Pvt. Marc Savard, 21, of Baiecomeau, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, patrols dried out poppy heads Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
A young Afghan girl walks through a field near her home in the village of Mayan Jo as a Canadian helicopter provides air support on an operation Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion 22nd Royal Regiment, patrol at sunrise Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
An Afghan man at right wakes up from under a sleeping tent as soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment search a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Pvt. Richard Boutet, 38, of Quebec City, Canada, background with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment searches a compound as the owner Fazel Mohammad, left, looks on during their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Flies sit on the face of one year-old Hussein Shah, as soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment search a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Pvt. Maxeme Jauvin, 22, of Quebec Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment searches a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Pvt. Richard Boutet, 38, of Quebec City, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment kicks in a door while searching a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment return to base on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Sharif Ullah, center, looks on as soldiers with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment search his compound during their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, of Quebec City, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment searches a compound on their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment Pvt. Richard Boutet, 38, left, and Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, both of Quebec City, Canada, share a celebratory toast with non-alcoholic beer upon completion of their final operation at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, drinks a celebratory non-alcoholic beer with Pvt. Richard Boutet, 38, left, both of Quebec City, Canada, upon completion of their final operation at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment Cpl. Francois Lemieux, 22, center, is greeted by Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, left, both of Quebec, Canada as they return to Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar at the conclusion of their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Sgt. Mathieu Pelletier, 33, right, and Master Cpl. Kevin Lomelin, 23, both of Quebec, Canada, with the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment check their position on a map during their final operation Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment Cpl. Steven Taylor, 24, right, says goodbye to Master Cpl. Caryl Schorderet, 28, both of Quebec, Canada, as he boards a helicopter at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar to begin his journey home Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
ADDS NAME OF ARMY UNIT - Master Cpl. Caryl Schorderet, 28, left, and Cpl. Derrick Noonan, 25, both from Quebec, of the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment, celebrate upon boarding a helicopter at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar to begin their journey home Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -
Cpl. Frederic Bouchard, 24, of Quebec, Canada, boards a helicopter at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar with fellow soldiers of the Canadian Army's 1st Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment to begin their journey home Thursday, June 30, 2011 in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) -

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