The deaths of two Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan from an explosive device that blew a huge hole through their aging all-terrain vehicle has set off new debate in Canada over military spending after years of slashed budgets. Opposition politicians and some military experts have suggested that Sgt. Robert Alan Short, 42, and Cpl. Robbie Christopher Beerenfenger, 29, who were killed while on patrol on Kabul’s outskirts on Thursday, might have survived had they been in a more modern, armored vehicle like those used by American forces. They were the first Canadian military deaths in a combat zone since four Canadian soldiers were mistakenly killed in Afghanistan in April 2002 in an attack by an American warplane. Canada currently has 1,950 troops in Afghanistan, where they constitute the largest allied force protecting Kabul. Full Story
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