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3 Soldiers are in quarantine in a Quebec hospital, after returning recently from Afghanistan. May there recovery be swift , and full.

3 Soldats sont dans la quarantaine un hpital Qubcois, aprs le fait de rendre rcemment de l'Afghanistan. Peut l la rcupration tre rapide et complte.

QUEBEC -- Three Canadian soldiers infected with a bacteria are under quarantine at a Quebec City hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman says the soldiers returned from Afghanistan last Friday. Genevieve Dupuis says they stayed at the military hospital in Kandahar before arriving in Quebec City. She says two civilian patients staying near the soldiers at the Quebec City hospital have also been isolated due to concern they may have caught the bacteria.

Dupuis says Acinetobacter Baumannii usually invades wounds and is commonly found in hospitals that treat wounded soldiers. She says around 15 soldiers have returned to Quebec City with the bacteria since 2007.

A further e mail from Ed in NB. this one I hope you will find very interesting:

Les Boys at 'Ground Zero' of Afghan struggle By Matthew Fisher, Canwest News ServiceAugust 7, 2009 HOWZ-E-MADAD, Afghanistan - Les Boys, who man this strongpoint in what Canadian commanders sometimes call the Wild West, have probably seen more combat in recent months than any other troops in Kandahar. And if the eight soldiers from Quebec and New Brunswick, who mentor about 50 Afghan soldiers at Howz-E-Madad are not at the epicentre of Canada's war in Afghanistan, fellow Canadian instructors from an operational mentoring liaison team based only three kilometres away at Lakhokel can stake a strong claim. This is Ground Zero. We're probably No. 1 for contact with the enemy. We're exposed to everything, Cpl. Eric Poirier of Dalhousie, N..B., says of Howz-E-Madad, where the Taliban, in a tree line 600 metres away, shoot almost every day at the small walled compound the Canadians and Afghans share. The taliban have also lobbed more than 30 hand grenades over the compound walls, have set ambushes just to the west of where they live and spark firefights every second day or so. Canada's Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) and their Afghan National Army allies have also found about 30 improvised explosive devices before they could do damage to the soldiers or civilians living in Zhari District. Zhari is the worst place to be and I think that we are in the worst place in Zhari, said Poirier, a married father of two who normally serves with 3rd Battalion, the Royal 22nd Regiment. The taliban are all over this place. Every fifth motorcycle is taliban. A motorcyclist will sometimes stop and talk with the ANA. They're always studying everything that we are doing. They're sizing us up before they go back and attack. Although the 28-year-old Acadian knew Zhari's notorious reputation as a taliban bastion, he wanted to come to mentor Afghan troops because I had heard from the last guys here that this a great place to get leadership skills. Home for the Canadians and their interpreters is a Beau Geste-style fort inside the walled compound. It has bullet-pocked walls and a lucky beam of damaged wood across the top of a doorway that miraculously prevented a Russian-made M-203 rocket from entering their living and eating quarters. But it is a great to be in a place where every IED we find makes a difference, Poirier said.. These people want a free country. We have one. If I can give them a hand, I have no problem with that Days at Howz-E-Madad for Les Boys, so named by the OMLT commander after a popular 1990s Quebec movie and Radio Canada television series, usually begins at about 6 a.m. with a road sweep for IEDs buried by insurgents during the night. There is also at least one foot patrol every day. Much of the rest of the time is spent teaching the Afghans fighting skills. As for the constant combat, which has resulted in the deaths of 12 Afghans, Poirier says at first we were stressed out because if we go out about one kilometre from here the Taliban will surround us and shoot from every angle. Later we found ways to analyze and to mentor in such situations. The fighting has been even more intense recently at nearby Lakhokel where Warrant Officer Steve Ouellette, a reservist with Les Fusiliers du St. Laurent from Riviere du Loup, Que., was responsible for another strongpoint manned by a small number of Canadians and Afghans. Asked the other day over an army radio if his men were taking enemy fire, Ouellette's emphatic reply was, Oui! as machine-gun fire rattled in the background. It's big combat. It's real war, Ouellette said at the end of a 90-minute firefight. About 500 metres east of our position, we always get contact. It needs to be cleaned up. Ouellette had hoped to end the long firefight with the help of a U.S. carrier-based F-18 Hornet but, in talking with the pilot about the munitions his plane carried, it was decided that the Canadians and Afghans on the ground would be danger close and unable to move back about 50 metres to avoid fallout from the blast. The Canadian and the Afghan troops got out of their predicament a short time later with the help of a pair of low-flying U.S.. army Kiowa attack helicopters that strafed the area. I spoke to them in 'franglais' on the radio, the 37-year-old infantryman said. I shouted, 'Shoot!' and they understood that. The inflow to Afghanistan of more than 100 U.S. helicopters and the thousands of U.S. ground troops earmarked for duty in Kandahar was being eagerly awaited by both Ouellette and Poirier and the Canadians and Afghans that they were serving alongside. When the Americans get here, things will change drastically, Poirier predicted . There will be more boots on the ground and more presence. That is what it takes. Ouellette and Poirier had high praise for the courage and skills of the Afghans who eat, sleep and fight alongside the Canadians. They can see the patterns of life better than us, Poirier said. They know before we do that it is going to get ugly because they can pick the taliban out. We can't. They can tell by their accents whether they are from Pakistan. They can tell by their hands if they are farmers. If Canada's mission in Afghanistan ends in 2011 as Parliament has said, Poirier said he would like to be part of our last tour here. If I get a year off when I get home this fall, I'd like to come back, but only to be with an OMLT. I really like this job.

Une histoire merveilleuse de Bravoure et de committment des Canadiens Fiers luttant pour la Dmocratie en Afghanistan.

A marvellous story of Bravery and committment from Proud Canadians fighting for Democracy in Afghanistan.

Le mai le Seigneur soigne nos Canadiens braves l'chelle mondiale et rend eux tous bien leurs familles et aims.

May the Lord look after our brave canadians Globally and return them all safely to their families and loved ones.

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