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Operation Hoover

Operation Hoover
Part of Operation Falcon Summit, War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Date May 24–25, 2007
Location Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Result Coalition victory.
Belligerents
Coalition:
 Canada[1]
 Afghanistan
 Portugal[1]
 United Kingdom
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents
Commanders and leaders
Canada Lt.Col. Rob Walker,
Canada Maj. David Quick
Afghanistan Local Taliban commanders
Strength
1,000 total
900 Regular troops
100 Elite Portuguese commandos
Up to 300
Casualties and losses
Canada:
1 killed (Landmine)
60-100 killed

Operation Hoover was a Canadian-led offensive against the Taliban in the Kandahar Province district of Zhari. The aims of the operation were to root out as many as 300 suspected Afghan insurgents who had moved into the villages of the Zhari District.

Battle

During the first morning of the operation, Leopard tanks from the Lord Strathcona's Horse Regiment entered Zhari, accompanied with pickup trucks filled with Afghan National Army troops.[2] One of the tanks was hit by an improvised explosive device, but no casualties were reported.[2]

Shortly afterwards, Cpl. Matthew McCully, a signals operator with the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, was killed when he stepped on a landmine.[1] Another Canadian, as well as an Afghan translator, were also wounded in the incident which occurred outside Nalgham village.[1]

Master Corporal Rob McGregor, of the Royal Canadian Regiment 2d Battalion, was injured in the operation when he fell and broke his ankle.[3]

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