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U.S. soldier’s family not entitled to $134-million from Khadr

By Scott Taylor      

Christopher Speer’s death was tragic, but he was killed in battle; he was not murdered in his bed.

Special Forces soldier Christopher Speer is unloaded at Bagram Airfield after he was injured from a grenade thrown during a firefight in which Omar Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in 2002. Mr. Speer later died and his family is seeking compensation from Mr. Khadr.
Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

OTTAWA—The Liberal government certainly stirred up a flurry of emotion with last week’s announcement that Canada will pay out a whopping $10.5-million in compensation to Omar Khadr. Those who are firmly in the anti-Khadr camp howled with indignity that this payout is in essence a reward for a terrorist. To back up their argument they point to the fact that Khadr confessed to having thrown a grenade that killed United States soldier Christopher Speer. This makes Khadr a murderer

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