Afghan Task Good -- But Painful -- For Canada

Richard Gwyn
Published: Wednesday, 02/22/2006 12:00 am EST

The three RPGs -- rocket-propelled grenades -- arced out of the night on their way towards the mud-brick military base on the outskirts of the southern Afghan village of Gumbad. In reply came not just small-arms fire -- rifles and machine-guns -- but as well a salvo of 155-millimetre howitzer shells. In fact, all three of the grenades missed. So too did the returning small-arms fire, despite the illumination provided by the parachute flares that ballooned from those shells.

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