South Korean Soldier, Sgt. Yoon Jang-ho, was killed in a suicide bomb attack on Feb. 27 at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, where he had been serving since last September on a translation mission. Yoon was on duty at the main gate of the U.S. military base in Bagram at the time he was killed in a suicide bomb attack. The Taleban declared they executed the attack and that the attacker was trying to get to US Vice-President Dick Cheney, who was on an unannounced visit to the region. Some reports say 14 people died including Sgt. Yoon as result of suicide bomb – more than 20 others were hurt. Yoon was the first South Korean solider to be killed in a terrorist attack abroad. Read whole story here , here and here
UN and NATO forces trying to weed out Taliban fighters in the region. There are some 2,500 Canadian soldiers fighting alongside Afghanistan. Canada has suffered 44 fatalities in Afghanistan – 36 of them last year.
About 60 medics of the Dongui Medical Unit and 150 engineers of the Dasan Engineering Unit have been operating in Afghanistan since 2002 to help with reconstruction in the war-torn country. Seoul has also deployed 2,300 troops to Iraq, the third-largest force in the coalition in Iraq after the United States and Britain. In addition, Seoul is also set to dispatch a battalion of 350 peacekeeping soldiers to Lebanon.
My condolences to his family.