Canadian Convoy Bombed in Afghanistan

Attack precedes Canada's vote on unpopular operation
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 7:39 AM CDT
Canadian soldiers of the International Security Force stand near a group of Afghan civilians who are being held for questioning near the site of an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A suicide attack on a Canadian convoy in Afghanistan killed a civilian, injured at least one soldier, and set ablaze a nearby home less than half a mile from the Canadian base of operations in Kandahar. The Taliban took credit for the attack, which comes just as Canada is about to debate whether or not to stick with the operation, widely opposed by the Canadian public.

Canada has demanded international support, including helicopters, unmanned aircraft, and more troops. Kandahar, where its operation is focused, is one of the most dangerous provinces in Afghanistan. The military mandate extends through 2011, but parliament votes tomorrow on whether to leave early.