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Members of Canada's 2nd Royal Canadian Horse Artillery fire their 155mm howitzer in support of front line troops during a mission at the forward operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan Tuesday, April 17, 2007.

Man thats a dusty place!

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By netchicken: posted on 19-4-2007

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Canada's big guns speak again to Taliban


FORWARD OPERATING BASE ROBINSON, Afghanistan (CP) - The Canadian guns in Afghanistan's Sangin River valley are speaking once more.

Soldiers from B Troop, D Battery with the 2nd Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based in Petawawa, Ont., shattered the silence today with 22 rounds aimed at a Taliban compound to the north.

Warrant Officer Dennis Goodland says soldiers received orders for a fire mission after coalition troops reported making contact with Taliban enemies.

There was palpable excitement among the Canadian artillery men, who were anxious to get back to manning their 155-millimetre guns - the biggest in Afghanistan - after a three-day lull in the action.

Coalition forces, including British and American troops, are pressing north in an effort to flush Taliban insurgents out of the river valley in southern Helmand province.

Later in the day, the battery was ramping up for another fire mission, but it was cancelled shortly after Black Hawk helicopters could be seen firing on a different target, sending a plume of smoke and dust into the sky on the horizon.

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By netchicken: posted on 19-4-2007








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