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Operation Hoover
Part of Operation Falcon Summit, War in Afghanistan (2001–2021)
DateMay 24–25, 2007
LocationZhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Result Coalition victory.
 United Kingdom
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents
Commanders and leaders
Canada Lt.Col. Rob Walker,
Canada Maj. David Quick
Afghanistan Local Taliban commanders
1,000 total
900 Regular troops
100 Portuguese Army Commandos
Up to 300
Casualties and losses
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.


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]

At dawn the Portuguese Commandos secure a few compounds to the east. One platoon to the north came in contact with insurgents. The contact lasted for more than an hour but at the end the Commandos, supported by Portuguese Special Forces Snipers, manage to get to their objective. One Portuguese soldier was air medevac and an undetermined number of insurgents lied on the ground.

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]

Throughout the day a number of Close-Air-Support tasks were requested but none deployed any ordnance.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 CBC, Petawawa-based soldier killed in Afghan offensive, May 25, 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Star, Canadian soldiers launch Operation Hoover, May 24, 2007
  3. Campbell, Murray. Globe and Mail, Frontline goes online, May 29, 2007

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