File - This September 16, 2009, photo obtained from the Canadian Armed Forces shows Sergeant Andrew Joseph Doiron, member of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment based at Garrison Petawawa, Ontario. "AFP PHOTO HANDOUT-Canadian Armed Forces"
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The Canadian government and Kurdish officials are publicly disagreeing over the circumstances of a Canadian soldier's death in a friendly fire incident in Iraq.Kurdish officials said Sunday that Doiron was killed after he and other Canadian soldiers showed up to the front line unannounced to call in airstrikes.Canadian Defense Minister Jason Kenney responded to allegations Sunday that Canadian soldiers were on the front line in an interview with CTV, saying that Canadian soldiers were well behind the lines when the soldier was killed.The Canadian military also denied that the group was in the area to direct airstrikes.Canada has 69 special forces soldiers with Kurdish peshmerga fighters in what the government calls an advising and assisting role. They were sent to help train Kurdish fighters last September in a mission that was billed as noncombat with the elite troops working far behind the front lines. Canadian soldiers have been helping the Kurdish fighters by directing coalition airstrikes against Islamic State fighters, a role generally considered risky because it means they are close to the battle against the militants.
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