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Two fallen Canadian soldiers were honored Sunday during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Maj. Yannick Pepin, 36, and Cpl. Jean-Francois Drouin, 21, of the 51st Field Engineer Squadron, were killed Saturday when a bomb struck their vehicle during a combat patrol in Kandahar province’s Dand district.

Pepin, the squadron commander, is the highest-ranking Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan to date. Canada has lost 129 soldiers in the war so far.

The U.S. military does not allow media coverage of these ceremonies, but Canadian forces encourage it.


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