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Pte Alexandre Péloquin, Killed in Afghanistan by IED- 08 June 2009

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Canadian soldier killed by IED in Afghanistan

Updated Mon. Jun. 8 2009 2:25 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

A Canadian soldier on foot patrol in southern Afghanistan was killed Monday by an improvised explosive device in the volatile Panjwaii district.

Pte. Alexandre (Pelo) Peloquin, 20, of the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment, was based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City.

Peloquin's hometown has not been released. He is survived by his mother, Monique.

"Pelo, as named by his friends, was a strong man, remarkably fit and very courageous," said Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, the senior commander in Kandahar province.

"His family and friends should be very proud of him, and so should all Canadians, for he represented the very best of Canada."

No other soldiers were injured in the explosion, which occurred in Nakhoney, a village about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city.

Peloquin was taking part in a six-day operation to locate and defuse improvised explosive devices.

According to Vance, the team confiscated 15 IEDs as well as material that could be used to make hundreds more of the deadly weapons.

"The local population is extremely happy and wants us to continue," Vance said.

"Pte. Peloquin was part of a successful operation, and he contributed to that success today."

Vance praised Peloquin for his "outstanding" dedication to the Afghan mission, and said the young soldier "will be missed."

Peloquin's death brings to 119 the total number of Canadian soldiers to die during the Afghanistan mission since it began in 2002.

It was the first Canadian death in the country since April 23, when Maj. Michelle Mendes, a 30-year-old intelligence officer from Ottawa, was found dead in an accommodation room at Kandahar Airfield.
 

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CBC and CTV are both reporting a Canadian soldier was killed by an IED while on a foot patrol.

CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/06/08/afghanistan-canada060809.html

A Canadian soldier was killed Monday by an explosive device while on foot patrol in southern Afghanistan, the Canadian military said.

The soldier has been identified as 20-year-old Pte. Alexandre Péloquin, Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, commander of Task Force Afghanistan, told reporters at Kandahar Airfield.

Péloquin, of the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment, was based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City.


CTV:
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090608/afghan_soldier_090608/20090608?hub=TopStories

"Pelo, as named by his friends, was a strong man, remarkably fit and very courageous," said Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, the senior commander in Kandahar province.

"His family and friends should be very proud of him, and so should all Canadians, for he represented the very best of Canada."

No other soldiers were injured in the explosion, which occurred around 9:20 a.m. local time in Nakhoney, a village about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city.
 

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Damn....

Condolences to Pte. Peloquin's family, colleagues and friends in their time of loss  :salute:

CF news release:  A Canadian soldier was killed when an explosive device detonated during a foot patrol in the Panjwai District. The incident took place in an area south-west of Kandahar City at around 09:20 a.m., Kandahar time, June 8, 2009.

Killed in action was Private Alexandre Péloquin from the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City. He was serving as a member of the 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group.

The soldier was evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield.  The next-of-kin have been notified.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen comrade during this very difficult time.

While our ultimate goal remains to leave Afghanistan to Afghans, in a country that is better governed, more peaceful, and more secure; let’s not consider the tragic death of our soldiers as a failure of our mission as this is precisely what our enemy is counting on. Our collective efforts here are making a noticeable difference in helping Afghans reclaim their lives from oppression and despicable living conditions.

En francais:  "Un soldat canadien a été tué lorsqu’un engin explosif a explosé pendant une patrouille à pied dans le district de Panjwai. L’incident a eu lieu dans une région au sud-ouest de Kandahar City vers 09 h 20, heure de Kandahar, le 8 juin 2009.

A été tué au combat le soldat Alexandre Péloquin du 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment basé à la Base des Forces canadiennes Valcartier près de Québec. Il servait à titre de membre du groupement tactique du 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment.

Le soldat a été évacué par hélicoptère vers l’installation médicale multinationale de l’aérodrome de Kandahar et le processus nous permettant d’informer les plus proches parents est complété. 

En ces moments difficiles, nos pensées et nos prières vont vers la famille et les amis de notre camarade décédé.

Bien que notre objectif ultime demeure de laisser l’Afghanistan aux Afghans, dans un pays qui soit mieux gouverné, plus paisible et plus sécuritaire, nous ne devons pas considérer le décès tragique de nos soldats comme un échec de notre mission puisque c’est précisément ce que l’ennemi espère. Nos efforts collectifs ici font une différence notable pour aider les Afghans à reprendre leur vie malgré l’oppression et des conditions de vie difficiles."

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Rest in peace Private, my sincerest condolences to the family, the Regiment, and friends of our fallen hero. Ubique :cdn: :yellow:
 

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Rest In Peace, soldier.

My sincerest condolences to the Peloquin family, his friends and his comrades.
 

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Another soldier and man who answered the call for Canada.

RIP Digger.

OWDU
 

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RIP Pte Peloquin. You have done your duty, now we will do ours. You and the others SHALL NOT be forgotten.

Our condolences to the family of this fine young Canadian, Pte Alexandre Peloquin.
 

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Repose en paix Sdt Péloquin,

Mes sincères condoléances à la famille. Votre fils a accomplie son devoir avec fierté et en est malheureusement décédé honorablement.

2LT Rousseau
 

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RIP Pte Peloquin

My condolences to his family(both civi and CF) and friends
 

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My condolences on the loss of Soldat Péloquin. Prayers out to his family at this difficult time. :salute:


I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
 

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I will be attending his ramp ceremony this evening . This has been a very sad day in Kandahar.
RIP mon ami.
 
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