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April 17, 2010

This from CBC News:  “Brig.-Gen. Daniel Ménard, the head of Joint Task Force Afghanistan, announced Saturday that he has summoned the military’s National Investigation Service to probe the unintended discharge of his gun.”

The General claims that his weapon went off at Kandahar airbase on March 25th.

Why the request for an investigation now, 23 days later?

Because Michael Yon was asking questions.  You can read about it on his Facebook page (and, if you don’t know who he is, click his name for the details).   This is his post from earlier today:

A couple of interesting Canadians told me that Brigadier General Daniel Menard accidentally fired his rifle inside of an American helicopter. Sources said he nearly shot with automatic fire a high Canadian official at point-blank and hit the American helicopter while it was preparing to take off. The claim sounded wi…ld, but I live on instincts and it sounded like it might have basis in fact. And so I began checking about a day ago. One check included this email from me to Canadian forces:


Word is going around that BG Menard accidentally fired his weapon inside an American helicopter. Would you kindly confirm/deny this report ASAP?
Checking with U.S. side as well.

I’m going to keep an eye on this story.

Related:  If you appreciate a first hand, independent account of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, you should follow Michael Yon AND send a donation his way.  He is completely independent and relies upon freelance work and donations to support his work.

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