Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 12, 2007 13:53 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Trooper Darryl Caswell

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) - The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of Trooper Darryl Caswell:

"I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Trooper Darryl Caswell who was killed in Afghanistan yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them at this time of loss.

This brave soldier and his comrades were conducting a re-supply mission when the incident occurred. Their convoy was operating in support of ongoing security efforts being conducted jointly between our forces, Afghan security forces and our international allies. These efforts in the northern region of Kandahar province are aimed at helping to create the conditions necessary to allow reconstruction and development efforts to proceed at a faster pace.

The Taliban have consistently demonstrated their disregard for peace and improvements to the quality of life for those Afghan citizens that desire peace.

We are making a difference and the Government of Canada stands proudly with our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen as they strive to protect Canadians, our interests and our values.

Trooper Caswell was a member of The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD), based at Petawawa, Ontario.

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