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KLUEM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-07 published
Police looking for Friends of slain teen
Not sure what weapon was used
Boy found stabbed on Oshawa street
By Stan JOSEY, Staff Reporter
Police are trying to trace the final hours of a 15-year-old Oshawa boy found slain in a downtown parking lot Saturday evening.
Durham Region detectives also are trying to locate Friends of Jeremy BENNETT, who died of several stab wounds, said Det. Sgt. Rolf KLUEM, who heads the homicide unit.
"We still don't know what the weapon was or the reason for this tragedy," KLUEM said yesterday.
The boy's family are taking his death "quite hard" and do not want to make any public statements at this time, he said.
"I think we are all working hard towards the same goal of solving this before someone else possibly gets hurt," KLUEM said.
The youth lived with his mother in a north Oshawa co-operative housing project, but was found dead about seven kilometres south in the parking lot of a medical centre at Simcoe and Gibb Sts.
Neighbours in the south Oshawa community expressed shock that the young man apparently was left to die where he fell.
"No one deserves to die like that," said one man who would not give his name.
Police are canvassing Oshawa's downtown area, which has a significant population of migrant and homeless youth.
A post-mortem examination Sunday showed he died of several "sharp force trauma" wounds, similar to stab wounds.

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KLUFAS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-30 published
NAOUM, George
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of George NAOUM of Edmonton, Alberta, on October 27, 2006. George will be greatly missed by his loving wife Judy DANYLUIK, daughter Rhonda NAOUM and her husband David PARKES, daughter Deborah NAOUM and her companion Murray SUGDEN, stepson Michael DANYLUIK and his wife Sheryl, grandchildren Matthew and Miranda WALKER and Matthew and Natasha DANYLUIK, and special in-laws Jean and Harry KLUFAS. George is predeceased by his first wife Anita Dawn NAOUM. George was born in Athens, Greece in 1928. In 1948, George immigrated to Canada where he briefly attended university in Montreal before moving west to Edmonton. He graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Alberta in 1955 and went on to establish a successful engineering consulting practice based in Edmonton. During his time with Camrec Facilities Ltd, George was involved in recreational facilities design throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, and he was instrumental in introducing zero-depth pools and wave pools to the North American market. The West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark and the Southland Leisure Centre in Calgary are two facilities George was especially proud of. In 1991, George retired to spend more time with his family and travel the world. George will be remembered as a devoted husband, caring father, respected businessman and a man of his word. A celebration of George's life will be held on Friday, November 3rd, 2006, beginning at 1: 30 p.m. at the Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Road, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's name may be made either to the George Naoum Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund or to the Caritas Hospital Foundation, Palliative Care Unit, 11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0L4. George's family express their heartfelt thanks to Doctor Chea and his team at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and to Doctor Humphries and the staff at the Mel Miller Palliative Care Unit for their wonderful care of George during his remaining days.

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KLUG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-08 published
KULCSAR, Irma
Peacefully, on Saturday, May 6, 2006. Beloved wife of the late David (Dezso.) Loving mother of Barbara (Sandy) and David GALET. Cherished grandmother of Lisa and Mel KLUG, Leslie and Paul WYNN, Wendy and Alon SZPINDEL and Kelly and Adam BENDER. Proud great-grandmother of Sara, Ricky, Jordana, Charlotte, Daniel, Louis, Emma, Amanda, Lauren, Sam, Lily and Georgia. Survived by her sister Freda FEJER. A funeral service was held at Steeles Memorial Chapel on Sunday, May 7 with interment in Windsor, Ontario. Shiva at 150 Old Forest Hill Road, evening prayers only. If so desired, donations to Magen David Adom (416) 780-0034 or Beit Halochem (905) 695-0611 would be appreciated.

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KLUKA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-15 published
CHWIECKO, Wladyslaw " Walter"
With God's blessing, we celebrate the memory of Wladyslaw "Walter" CHWIECKO who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, April 13, 2006 in his 78th year after a brave and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Poland on August 28, 1928, Wladyslaw arrived in Canada in 1949 to start a new life. Wladyslaw will forever be remembered by his wife of 53 years, Anastazja (ANDRONOWICZ.) He is also survived by his children and their families including Richard (son) and Lorraine and grandchildren Aleksy, Andrzej and Alyssa; Henry (son) and Michelle; Barbara (daughter) and Arthur Warchol and grandchildren Adam, Brandon, Brittany and Brianna. Brother of Helen KLUKA of Poland, Bronislawa HULANICKI (Ted) and Chester CHWIECKO (Krystyna) of London. Brother-in-law of Wladyslaw ANDRONOWICZ. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sister Lucy ALASZKIEWICZ. Wladyslaw will be sadly missed and fondly remembered for all the benevolent work he did, by his dedication to the S.P.K. Polish Combatants Association, his church, the Polish school and community and the many lives he touched. The family will receive visitors on Monday from 2: 00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St. (South of King). The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church (419 Hill St.) on Tuesday at 10: 00 a.m. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Prayers Monday at 7: 00 p.m.

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KLUKE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-13 published
KLUKE, Terrielyn
Missing you more with each passing year.
Never far from our thoughts and our hearts.
Love always, Mom, Dad, Dean, Morgan and Nanny Graham.

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KLUKIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-01 published
37th Afghan fatality from Thunder Bay
By Free Press News Services, Sun., October 1, 2006
The identity of a soldier from Thunder Bay killed in Afghanistan was revealed yesterday, as one of the deadliest months for Canadian troops in decades came to an end.
Pte. Josh KLUKIE was on foot patrol Friday when he stepped on an insurgent's explosive booby trap in the Panjwaii district west of Kandahar City.
A military official said Friday the explosive was big enough to be an anti-tank mine.
KLUKIE was the 10th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan in September, and the 37th since 2002.
His death came on the same day that funerals were held in Canada for three other soldiers who were killed September 18 by a suicide bomber.
Cpl. James MILLER, of Hamilton, suffered from deafness in his left ear and a possible concussion after Friday's attack. MILLER's unit was also hit by a car bomb a couple of weeks ago.
A woman answering the phone at the KLUKIE family home in Thunder Bay said yesterday the family had no comment.
In a statement issued yesterday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences to KLUKIE's family, Friends and loved ones.
In other developments:
- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday he and Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will jointly lead a series of tribal gatherings along their countries' shared border to quell attacks on Afghanistan by Pakistan-based Taliban rebels. Karzai said he wants an end to the Taliban incursions from Pakistan.
- A suicide bomber detonated himself next to Afghanistan's Interior Ministry yesterday, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 40, an official said.

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KLUKIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-02 published
Dead soldier was destined for greatness
By Les PERREAUX, Canadian Press, Mon., October 2, 2006
Kandahar -- Josh KLUKIE wore the single chevron of a private in Canada's infantry, but he inspired reverent tones yesterday from the captains and corporals who led him.
KLUKIE, 23, died Friday when he stepped on a powerful explosive booby trap -- an anti-tank mine packed with other explosives and a hair-trigger.
KLUKIE was destined for military greatness, his platoon mates testified yesterday, minutes after sending his remains on the voyage back to Canada.
"It's easy to be good at this job but it's extremely rare that guys are great at it," said Cpl. Mike BLOIS of Exeter.
"He was that rare guy who is very great at this job."
KLUKIE's unit of the First Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, was on patrol Friday in the Panjwaii area where Canadians won a fierce battle against Taliban insurgents earlier this month.
The patrol by Alpha section, Four platoon, moved onto a dusty road. Several soldiers passed over the hidden trap before KLUKIE set it off.
Insurgents tampered with the mine so even a light footstep would trigger it instead of the weight of an armoured vehicle.
KLUKIE was thrown several metres, with pieces of his equipment flying in all directions.
BLOIS found his friend with the help of an American medic. KLUKIE was alive but clearly in shock.
"He was breathing, his eyes were moving, he recognized me as soon as I got there," BLOIS said. "He looked right at me but he couldn't talk."
BLOIS and the medic applied tourniquets to KLUKIE's bleeding limbs.
"I was looking at him, trying to encourage him, but there wasn't anything I could do," BLOIS said.
After a few minutes, KLUKIE stopped breathing and his heart stopped. BLOIS tried to resuscitate him.
"I started getting on his heart. I think I broke every rib in his body," BLOIS said. "He didn't suffer, he didn't feel anything. He was just there, and in shock."
KLUKIE was among the fittest soldiers in his platoon and a sensitive soul, who was usually the first to recognize when someone was troubled.
"He was a paramedic before he joined the army," said Pte. Wes WHITFIELD of Markham.
KLUKIE studied Afghanistan and took notes about it.
"I think 1 Royal Canadian Regiment (the battalion) was just a stepping stone for him," said WHITFIELD, who started his military career with KLUKIE three years ago and became his fire team partner on missions.
"A lot of us feel he had a lot of potential to go to (special forces) in the future."

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KLUKIE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-04 published
Two Canadians killed
The attack marks a return to typical insurgent tactics by the Taliban.
By Les PERREAUX, Associated Press, Wed., October 4, 2006
Sperwan, Afghanistan -- Emboldened insurgents killed two Canadian soldiers and wounded five others yesterday in an attack on ground the Canadians took from the Taliban weeks ago.
A small group of soldiers was providing security for road construction, holding an observation post in the former Taliban heartland about 20 kilometres west of Kandahar, when they came under attack about 4: 50 p.m. from a handful of insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.
"They were members of the surveillance troop… a reconnaissance squadron," Col. Fred Lewis, deputy commander of the Canadian contingent, said in Kandahar. "They were conducting vehicle checkpoints and observation posts at the time."
Canadian military officials identified the dead as Sgt. Craig Paul GILLAM and Cpl. Robert Thomas James MITCHELL, both members of the Royal Canadian Dragoons based in Petawawa. MITCHELL was from Fort Erie. GILLAM's hometown was not immediately available.
MITCHELL was raised in Niagara Falls and married Leanne HASS, of nearby Fort Erie. They have three children.
Leanne was recently accepted into the Ontario Provincial Police.
MITCHELL spent part of his youth in Owen Sound, where he attended high school and his parents still live.
A graduate of Niagara College, his first military posting was with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton.
He served with the Royal Canadian Regiment and, most recently, with the Royal Canadian Dragoons as part of North Atlantic Treaty Organization's International Security Assistance Force.
MITCHELL and his family had moved into a new home not far from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa days before he was sent overseas.
GILLAM's family refused comment at their Petawawa home last night.
With the latest toll, 39 Canadian soldiers and a diplomat have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.
Two of the wounded soldiers were reported in serious but stable condition. All the wounded were evacuated to Kandahar Airfield, the main coalition base, and described as having "non-life-threatening injuries."
Lewis indicated the scale of the attack was small, involving between two and five well-armed insurgents.
The casualties were probably caused by mortars or rocket-propelled grenades, he said. "The injuries right now, there don't seem to be any sort of bullets involved."
As the attack happened shortly before dark, further investigation into the attack will have to wait until today, he said.
"In this particular case, we were clearing an area to put in a road that would have allowed the economy to flow north and south through the Panjwaii area," Lewis said. "We've got to remain vigilant to the Taliban re-infiltrating into the area."
The attack prompted a quick response.
"Almost immediately other forces responded to it, treated and medevaced the casualties, and carried on with the operation," said Lt.-Col. Omer Lavoie, the ground-level commander of Canada's fighting force.
Two U.S. soldiers also were wounded nearby. It was not clear whether they were hit by the same group of insurgents or in a separate ambush.
The fighting comes a month after the launch of Operation Medusa, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization operation led by Canadian troops that officials boasted killed hundreds of Taliban. North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Canadian officials said they had driven insurgents out of the area west of Kandahar city and had done serious damage to the ability of the insurgents to mount attacks.
Lavoie said the latest attacks are a shift back to familiar insurgent tactics after the Taliban were devastated in a more conventional fight.
"They've learned they can't take us on head-to-head in a conventional battle, so they're going back to typical insurgent tactics, (roadside bombs) and hit-and-run tactics," Lavoie said.
The fatal attack was the last in a series aimed at Canadians yesterday. The earlier attacks injured no Canadians.
Charles Company soldiers were first to come under fire in the morning as they pushed along the Arghandab River, a few kilometres west of where the deadly attack came hours later.
Insurgents fired mortars, rockets and automatic weapons at Seven Platoon of Charles Company, the unit hit by a deadly ambush September 3.
The soldiers and their Afghan army counterparts returned fire and emerged unscathed.
Closer to Kandahar and a few hours later, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a Canadian convoy, setting a G-wagon jeep aflame.
The suicide bomber died; no one else was injured.
Local civilians and soldiers have said the Taliban have slipped back into the area.
"The Taliban has threatened (civilians) with their lives from any kind of association with the coalition," said Maj. Steve Brown, commander of Charles Company.
"They've gone back to the tactic that has consistently worked for them, that is to infiltrate and conduct guerrilla-type operations. Now they're back at it, threatening people and their property."
The insurgents have learned to exploit Canadian rules of engagement to escape attack, Macfarlane said.
Those rules can't be disclosed under the embedding agreement that lets journalists travel with Canadian soldiers.
"They're smart. I wouldn't say I respect them, but they've learned to play to our weaknesses," Macfarlane said.
Canadian soldier Pte. Josh KLUKIE died last week in a mine explosion on a road the Canadians have cut through fields to avoid such attacks.
KLUKIE's remains arrived home in Canada aboard a military jet last night.

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KLUKIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-02 published
The sad smile of a dying soldier
After watching Pte. Josh Klukie die, the members of 4 Platoon, Bravo Company, vow to finish their ugly little war, writes Graeme SMITH
By Graeme SMITH with a report from Marina JIMÉNEZ in Toronto, Page A1
Kandahar, Afghanistan -- On the evening they said goodbye to Private Josh KLUKIE, there was clarity in the eyes of the men who fought beside him.
They watched his casket hoisted into a cargo plane in the warm afternoon light, snapped to attention and marched off the tarmac to prepare for another mission.
Two days earlier, the soldiers of 4 Platoon, part of Bravo Company, a unit of the First Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, had seen their friend thrown across a field by a huge explosion. They heard the 23-year-old draw his last breath, and saw his sad smile before he died.
After saying farewell yesterday, the soldiers knew what they wanted. They felt a need to get back into those fields and keep fighting. And when they finish with this ugly war on the other side of the world, they intend to visit Pte. KLUKIE's grave in Northern Ontario to talk with his mother about the day he died.
"It will be very healing for his family to meet the soldiers he served with and hear about the conditions of his last day," said Captain Piers PAPPIN, the platoon commander.
In the hours before Private KLUKIE's death last Friday, the platoon had been marching southwest of Kandahar, through the fields of grapes, wheat and marijuana where soldiers have hunted insurgents for weeks.
"No patrol is routine, but we were just doing a foot patrol," said Corporal Mike BLOIS, 24, of Exeter, Ontario He said one of the patrol's purposes was to search for improvised explosive devices in an area heavily mined by the retreating Taliban. They hadn't found any explosives that morning, but they did recover a unmanned aerial vehicle that had crashed on the battlefield.
"We got into a couple buildings, found a downed unmanned aerial vehicle, a bunch of intelligence papers, so we were having a really successful patrol," Cpl. BLOIS said. "We stayed off the roads as much as we could, going through the grape fields and the vineyards and all that."
They knew the roads were dangerous, but they couldn't find any other route as they trudged through a cluster of villages known as Pashmul. About 1 p.m., they found themselves walking north, toward a Canadian patrol base, on a makeshift track plowed by bulldozers about two weeks ago to give them a safe route around the booby traps on the main roads.
But the Taliban haven't abandoned Pashmul -- only disappeared from sight. Soldiers say the insurgents appear to have dug into the road's thick dust, which resembles brown talcum, and set up several explosives -- perhaps an anti-tank mine combined with smaller bombs -- and rigged them to detonate under slight pressure.
"When we went through, the first two guys didn't hit it," said Cpl. BLOIS, who was walking at the patrol's tail end.
"The explosion went off, and my immediate thought was it was the section commander who hit it, because he was the very first guy in the patrol," he said.
In fact, the commander was unhurt, but in the haze of dust and lingering shock of the blast it was difficult for the survivors to tell who had been injured.
"I didn't get hit with anything," Cpl. BLOIS said. "So I just started yelling people's names, and guys started to respond."
One of those who didn't answer right away was Cpl. James MILLER, of Hamilton, Ontario, who was partly deafened by the blast.
"MILLER didn't respond but he came out of the smoke and dust, and he was really disoriented. You could tell he was pretty messed up."
Cpl. BLOIS paused. " KLUKIE's name? There was no response."
Trailing behind the Canadian patrol, about 200 metres south, was a team of U.S. soldiers who specialize in clearing mines. Cpl. BLOIS threw off his heavy backpack and ran toward them for help.
"They saw me coming, and they just started running," he said. A U.S. medic joined the Canadian corporal and they started sweeping the dense foliage of grape trellises, searching for the missing soldier.
"The blast threw KLUKIE about 50 metres off the road," Cpl. BLOIS said. "He landed in the vineyard. I think he must have hit one of the walls. He was laying on his back when the American medic and I found him.
He continued: "We immediately started working, without saying anything to each other. He put a tourniquet on his right leg, which was almost completely gone. I put tourniquets on his arm and his other leg.
"You could tell he couldn't hear anything, but he could recognize me, you know. I was looking right at him. He couldn't say anything. I was just telling him to keep fighting, you know, keep fighting, keep fighting."
Pte. KLUKIE's Friends say he was a big, well-built soldier in peak physical shape, who dreamed of joining the elite JTF2 special forces. But the blast that went off under his feet was probably enough to destroy a vehicle, never mind a man.
"He was breathing," Cpl. BLOIS said. "He had a pulse. His eyes were moving. He looked right at me. It was just weird. He couldn't talk."
This quiet, desperate scene lasted maybe three minutes, Cpl. BLOIS said. "I had that last tourniquet on him, I grabbed him by the shoulder, I'm like, 'This is nothing Josh, this is nothing.' He just looked at me, smiled, and that was it. He died right there."
He was the 10th soldier to die in September and the 37th since Canadian troops went to Afghanistan in 2002 -- most of them this year.
Friends say Pte. KLUKIE was a sensitive soul who was always the first to recognize when someone was troubled.
"He was a paramedic before he joined the army," said Pte. Wes WHITFIELD of Markham, Ontario
Pte. KLUKIE grew up in Thunder Bay, the youngest of three brothers, an athlete who played basketball and football. He always took good care of his widowed mother and was helpful and kind.
"He was a selfless person," said a relative who didn't want to be identified. "He had lots of close Friends from public school and kept in touch with them all."
Before the Afghan mission, he'd had doubts about his military career, and was uncertain how he would handle deaths and injuries to his Friends. September's Operation Medusa, where Canadians scored a conclusive victory over the Taliban, changed that. Four soldiers were killed and more than 40 injured, but Pte. KLUKIE decided he could handle the suffering around him.
"A week ago, he came to me and started the paperwork for re-enlistment and he told me this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life," Capt. PAPPIN said. "It was good for me to hear, because he was one of those soldiers who was going places, for sure."
Cpl. BLOIS helped clean up the scene and transport the body bag back to Kandahar airfield. He didn't sleep at all that first night.
He felt numb, he said, and initially he thought about quitting. But he changed his mind, and now the death of Pte. KLUKIE drives him to continue. Despite the gravity of what he had witnessed, the young soldier told the entire story with calmness and precision, and he showed no hint of hesitation about returning to the battlefield.
"I want to get back out there," he said. "He deserves it. He fought hard, and so he deserves everybody else who's here after him continuing to fight hard."

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KLUKIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-04 published
2 Canadians killed in Taliban ambush
By Jane ARMSTRONG, Page A1
Kandahar, Afghanistan -- Two Canadian soldiers were killed and five others injured in a fierce mortar ambush in Afghanistan's turbulent Panjwai region, an area where Canadian commanders have boasted of decisive victories over Taliban insurgents.
The besieged troops were providing surveillance for a road-building crew not far from where Private Josh KLUKIE was killed last week in a mine explosion. It is the same region where Canadian soldiers led a massive assault a month ago, killing -- according to a North Atlantic Treaty Organization claim -- more than 1,000 Taliban and routing others.
Military officials declared that operation a huge success, estimating that they may have destroyed as much as a third of the insurgency's hard-core ranks.
Yet the death toll of Canadians in southern Afghanistan continues to climb. In September alone, 10 soldiers were killed, the bloodiest month yet for Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Now October is off to an ominous start.
Killed in yesterday's twilight attack were Corporal Robert Thomas James MITCHELL and Sergeant Craig Paul GILLAM, both of the Royal Canadian Regiment based in Petawawa, Ontario
The fatal ambush was one of three separate attacks on Canadian troops over a five-hour period.
Just after noon, members of the Royal Canadian Regiment's Charles Company came under fire as they walked along the parched Arghandab River bed, about 10 kilometres from the scene of the subsequent fatal attack. There were no Canadian injuries reported.
A local witness said the Canadian troops returned fire, sending the assailants into retreat. A few minutes later, an aircraft bombed the ambush scene.
"We fought on two fronts today," said a young Taliban fighter in Panjwai District, where most of Canada's battle groups are now deployed. "But we escaped from the area, to avoid the bombings. This will be our method now," he said from his mobile phone.
Earlier, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed a convoy of Canadian supply vehicles returning to the Kandahar Airfield from an operating base west of Kandahar city. The explosion ignited the diesel-fuelled jeep, wounding three Afghan civilians, including an 11-year-old boy.
The soldiers inside the jeep, also known as a G-Wagon, escaped without injury.
The suicide blast sent glass fragments flying into Mohammed Salim's storefront, cutting his head and leaving his shirt stained with blood.
The explosion also seriously injured his younger brother, Mohammed Hasham, 11, who was recovering last night at Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar.
"We were working in the shop, when a motorcycle came with a trolley behind it," Mr. Salim, 18, said. "Smoke, dust, everything went everywhere."
The five soldiers injured in the worst attack yesterday were flown to a hospital at the Kandahar Airfield, the coalition's main base. A military spokesman said their injuries are not life-threatening, although one soldier suffered broken bones.
These latest attacks cast doubt on the effectiveness of the recent Canadian-led offensive, code-named Operation Medusa, in the Panjwai District southwest of Kandahar city.
Just two weeks ago, Kandahar's governor announced that Canadian soldiers had routed the Taliban from the area.
The offensive was designed to encircle the insurgents in the area, but soldiers are still hunting for the insurgents' underground weapons caches, where many fighters are believed to have stowed guns and ammunition before fleeing the battlefield.
Governor Asadullah Khalid said foreign troops intend to stay in Panjwai and the neighbouring Zhari District to maintain security. Road construction is a key part of Operation Medusa's final stage, which is to reconstruct the battle-scarred region.
Early this morning, Colonel Fred Lewis, the deputy commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's International Security Assistance Force, said Operation Medusa is "far from over."
His voice shaking with emotion as he read the names of the dead soldiers, Col. Lewis said the insurgents are staging a last-ditch attempt "to save face."
"They are attempting to win this final phase of [Operation Medusa]," he said.
"If we are able to do the reconstruction and development and the Afghans, the local people in that Panjwai area, say 'Hey, we will have a much better life under our own government'… they will go out of their way to keep the Taliban out."

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KLUKIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-01 published
Slain Thunder Bay soldier named
Pte. Josh KLUKIE stepped on a booby trap Friday
By Lauren LA ROSE, Canadian Press
The identity of a soldier from Thunder Bay killed in Afghanistan was revealed yesterday at the end of one of the deadliest months in decades for Canadian troops.
Pte. Josh KLUKIE was on foot patrol Friday when he stepped on an insurgent's explosive booby trap in the Panjwaii district west of Kandahar City. A military official said Friday the explosive was big enough to be an anti-tank mine.
KLUKIE was the 10th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan in September, and the 37th since 2002. His death came the same day funerals were held in Canada for three soldiers killed September 18 by a suicide bomber.
A woman answering the phone at the KLUKIE family home in Thunder Bay said yesterday that the family had no comment.
Officials were trying to organize a news conference where a family spokesperson would likely speak to the media.
In a statement issued yesterday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences to KLUKIE's family and Friends. "I commend Pte. KLUKIE's commitment and bravery in serving his country," Harper said. "He gave his life so that the Afghan people could experience the same freedoms and civil rights that we in Canada cherish and value.
"Canadians will not forget the dedication and courage he demonstrated. We are proud of him, and humbled by his willingness to serve Canada."
KLUKIE was a member of First Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, northwest of Ottawa.
Greg EBY, identified by his father as a friend of the fallen soldier, left a message on the Department of National Defence's message board September 6 telling troops he was "tremendously proud" of them.
"I'd like to say hi especially to Josh KLUKIE from Thunder Bay. You guys and gals and your families are in my prayers every day," the message stated.
Cpl. James MILLER of Hamilton suffered from deafness in his left ear and a possible concussion in the attack. MILLER's unit was also hit by a car bomb a couple of weeks ago.
Officials believe the bomb that killed KLUKIE had been planted recently.
Several soldiers had walked past the bomb before the private triggered it. Wide spacing between the soldiers on the foot patrol prevented more carnage, said Col. Fred LEWIS, deputy commander of the Canadian contingent.

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KLUMP o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-22 published
KOHL, Isolde (née KLUMP)
With her husband by her side, Isolde passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at Victoria Hospital in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Hans KOHL for 50 years. Dear sister of Alfred (Doris) KLUMP, Leonore (Erich) NEDELE all of Germany and Irene HERTLEIN of London. Loved sister-in-law of Brigette KARL of London and Christa KLUMP of Germany. Isolde will also be missed by many nieces and nephews in London and Germany as well as her Friends and neighbours. A Memorial Service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell), London on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment of cremation at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated. On-line condolences are available through www.memorialfuneral.ca

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KLUSS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-31 published
MUNCHHOF, Walli Emma (née KLUSS)
Peacefully passed away at Marion Villa, London in her 81st year on Friday October 27, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Heinz MUNCHHOF. Dear Mama of Gabriele BURNARD, her husband Jim, and Michael MUNCHHOF, his wife Jennifer. Loving Oma of Robert BURNARD, his wife Kim. Cherished Great Oma of Adam. A graveside service will be held at Woodland Cemetery, London on Wednesday November 1, 2006 at 1 p.m. Walli's family would like to thank the staff at Marion Villa for their warmth and kindness and her dear Friends Lilo and Olga for their faithful visits. In lieu of flowers donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - London Middlesex Chapter, 21 Grosvenor Street, London, Ontario, N6A 1Y6 would be gratefully appreciated.

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KLUWER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-17 published
VAN BRAKEL, Mienke VAN BRAKEL (née KLUWER)
Peacefully surrounded by her family at London Health Sciences Centre, Mienke VAN BRAKEL (née KLUWER) of Dorchester in her 57th year. Beloved wife of Henk. Loving mother of Gwen SUMMER (husband Horst) of Georgetown, formerly of London; and Rodney at home. Much loved Oma to Emily and Alyson. Sadly missed by her parents Henriette and Æbele KLUWER of St. Catharines. Dear sister of Evert KLUWER (wife Barbara) of Mount Brydges, Margaret DAHMER of Ridgeway and Dorothy OLSTHOORN (husband Neal) of St. Catharines. Friends will be received at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Dorchester United Church, 4100 Catherine Street, Dorchester on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Art CHOLMONDELAY officiating. In her memory a tree will be planted at the daughter's residence and her so cherished Summer Cottage: called "Mienke's Meadow". Memorial donations to a charity of your choice are gratefully acknowledged.

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