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  • Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan (3 dead, 7 injured, chopper crash)

    06/21/2010 12:18:47 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 21st June 2010
    Australian troops have been involved in an incident in Afghanistan that has killed an unknown number of soldiers. Defence has called a snap press conference where Defence Minister John Faulkner will detail the incident.
  • Christmas 2009 (Australian Defence Force)

    12/24/2009 10:27:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 374+ views
    Around 3800 Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed on Operations overseas and in Australia this Christmas, spending the festive season away from family and friends. Defence is also gathering Christmas messages from ADF personnel who will be serving on Operations this Christmas. The majority of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas are working in a number of operational areas, including: Afghanistan as part of the Australian government's commitment to the international coalition against terrorism; Iraq and the Middle East as part of the Australian government's contribution to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq; East Timor as part of a...
  • Victoria Cross recipient Trooper Mark Donaldson meets Queen Elizabeth II...

    11/10/2009 10:03:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 867+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 11th November 2009 | Charles Miranda
    AUSTRALIA'S first Victoria Cross winner in almost 40 years has had a private meeting with The Queen. As Australian soldier Mark Donaldson walked calmly out the gates of Windsor Castle yesterday, he looked like any one of a number of the uniformed troops on duty protecting the Queen's official residence. But an observant British local among a small throng outside the gates noticed the distinctive Victoria Cross among other medals pinned to his chest and exclaimed loudly in a Cockney accent, "'e's got-a full deck 'e 'as", and warm applause instantly broke out for the unassuming 30-year-old Digger known to...
  • Crunch time for fighters

    10/25/2009 3:49:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 271+ views
    The Australian ^ | 24th October 2009 | Patrick Walters
    KEVIN Rudd is poised to sign off on Australia's biggest military buy -- up to 100 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the RAAF. The sign off is happening as pressures continue to bear down on defence spending in the face of the global financial crisis. Federal cabinet's national security committee is set to approve the $16 billion F-35 acquisition in late November but the number of aircraft in the RAAF's initial squadron could be cut from 24 to as few as 14. On present planning the air force will get its first operational squadron by 2018 with two F-35s to...
  • Australia seeks quick Afghan troop withdrawal

    10/21/2009 2:22:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies · 1,089+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/20/2009 | Talek Harris
    Australia on Wednesday flagged moves to bring military operations in Afghanistan to a quick end, despite US and NATO calls for more troops to shore up the campaign against a resurgent Taliban militia. Defence Minister John Faulkner said Australia was studying how to complete the mission in the "shortest time-frame possible". Australia has about 1,550 troops in Afghanistan with no date set for their withdrawal. "I've certainly asked the Australian Defence Force for any recommendations they have about ensuring we do complete that important role and responsibility both effectively, but in the shortest time-frame possible," he told ABC radio. Faulkner...
  • Australia: No US request for more troops

    09/21/2009 9:37:55 PM PDT · by bushpilot1 · 3 replies · 466+ views
    GMA News ^ | 22 sep 2009 | AP
    SYDNEY — Australia said it has not been asked to send more troops to Afghanistan and does not expect Washington to make any quick decisions on a top-level warning that the war there could be lost without more multinational forces.
  • Australian woman already serving on the front line

    09/09/2009 8:38:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 468+ views
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 10th September 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    AUSTRALIAN female soldiers are already serving on the front line and here is the photograph to prove it. As the debate rages about lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles, small numbers of female soldiers, such as army medic Jacqui de Gelder from Canberra, are already doing the business. She was on her first combat foot patrol in the village of Chora in Afghanistan just two weeks ago. The younger sister of navy clearance diver Paul de Gelder, who lost his foot to a shark attack in Sydney Harbour, spent the previous day treating victims of a suicide...
  • Last Aussie Vietnam War soldiers coming home

    08/30/2009 12:39:35 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 610+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 30th August 2009
    AUSTRALIA'S last two servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War have begun their final journey home. The remains of Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver, both lost in 1970, have been placed aboard a RAAF Hercules transport aircraft for the trip from Hanoi, Vietnam, back to Australia. Family members and former comrades of the RAAF's 2 Squadron observed the solemn ceremony at Noi Bai Airfield as their caskets were carried aboard the aircraft. The family members and former servicemen will accompany them on the journey home. Parliamentary secretary Dr Mike Kelly said the aircraft would fly...
  • Aussies ready for a deadly welcome

    08/09/2009 6:41:01 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 954+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | August 10, 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    AFTER two days of intense preparation in searing 45-degree desert heat, Australia's newest band of brothers went to war under the command of 22-year-old Lieutenant Todd O'Callaghan. The troops from the Townsville-based 1st Battalion's Pioneer Platoon will face the most intense enemy threat of the seven-year campaign just 10 days out from crucial national elections. The Taliban launched four roadside bomb attacks against Diggers from the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force in Oruzgan Province over just 24 hours, wounding two men and damaging two armoured vehicles. The threat from the insidious weapons, known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs), has featured...
  • US Troops Now A 'Coalition Of One' In Iraq [But Didn't Obama Promise That More Would Join?]

    08/01/2009 9:39:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 1,166+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | August 01, 2009
    US troops now a 'coalition of one' in Iraq By CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer Saturday, August 1, 2009 The war in Iraq was truly an American-only effort Saturday after Britain and Australia, the last of its international partners, pulled out. Little attention was paid in Iraq to what effectively ended the so-called coalition of the willing, with the U.S. — as the leader of Multi-National Force, Iraq — letting the withdrawals pass without any public demonstration. The quiet end of the coalition was a departure from its creation, which saw then-U.S. President George W. Bush court countries for...
  • Flag lowered as last 12 Diggers leave Iraq

    07/31/2009 4:19:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 469+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 1st August 2009 | Mark Dodd
    THE last 12 Australian troops serving with US units in Iraq have finished their mission and are heading home, formally ending Canberra's controversial six-year involvement in the bloody conflict. ..... Under an agreement between Canberra and the Iraqi government all Australian troops except those serving with an embassy-based security detachment had to be withdrawn by July 31. ..... Departing Australian troops were farewelled with flag-lowering ceremonies, with the honour of the last Australian soldier to leave Iraq going to Corporal Don Mander. ..... Defence Minister John Faulkner said the withdrawal of the last Australian troops marked an end to Operation...
  • Last Diggers out of Iraq

    07/31/2009 3:35:14 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 508+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 31st July 2009
    AUSTRALIA has officially ended its six-year military presence in Iraq three days ahead of the deadline. Some 20,000 members of the army, navy and air force have served in Iraq since 2003. The honour of being the last Digger to leave the strife-torn country went to Corporal Don Mander. He stepped aboard an RAAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft at Baghdad International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, the last of 12 Australian personnel embedded within US units operating in Baghdad. They arrived home last night. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Australia's troops did a "fantastic'' job and Iraq has now achieved "a...
  • Final Vietnam airmen's remains found (last Aussie MIAs)

    07/30/2009 1:33:45 AM PDT · by Dundee · 5 replies · 500+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 30, 2009
    THE remains of the last two Australian servicemen missing from the Vietnam War have been found in the wreckage of their crashed bomber. An RAAF search team, which has been excavating the crash site near the Vietnam border with Laos, found human remains which have been identified as pilot Flying Officer Michael Herbert, 24, from Glenelg, South Australia, and navigator Pilot Officer Robert Carver, 24, from Toowoomba, Queensland. Both died when their Canberra bomber crashed while returning from a mission on November 3, 1970. Defence Personnel Minister Greg Combet said the recovery team found human remains near the crash site....
  • Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

    07/18/2009 7:39:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 330+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 19th July 2009
    AN Australian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan by an explosive device. The incident took place during an operation "against a compound of interest" in the Baluchi Valley, Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told a press conference in Canberra this morning. Defence could not release personal details of the dead soldier at this stage, but the family had been contacted, he said. The soldier was on his first deployment to Afghanistan but had previously served in East Timor. Air Chief Marshal Houston described him as a "brave and dedicated" soldier who was "operationally experienced and highly...
  • $550 million-plus to be spent on Australian troops in Afghanistan

    06/15/2009 4:17:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 164+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16th June 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    MORE than $550 million will be spent during the next 12 months to better protect Australia's 1090 troops fighting in Afghanistan. The money will fund armoured vehicle improvements, protected living containers, more bomb disposal robots and boost spy plane flights targeting Taliban forces. The half-billion dollar taxpayer investment is by far the biggest chunk of a proposed financial "surge'' that will double annual military spending on Operation Slipper to $1.4 billion in 2009-2010. That is a massive $26,923,076 a week, or $3,835,616 for every day of operations. On a per head basis it amounts to $1,288,403 for every Australian soldier...
  • Last World War I digger Jack Ross dies ("Someday, no one will march there at all.")

    06/02/2009 7:25:44 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies · 866+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 3rd June 2009
    AUSTRALIA'S oldest man and last remaining World War I digger Jack Ross has died, aged 110. Mr Ross died peacefully in his sleep at the Golden Oaks Nursing Home in the central Victorian city of Bendigo about 4am (AEST) this morning. Mr Ross turned 110 on March 9 this year. As an 18-year-old Mr Ross enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in January, 1918 and trained at the wireless training school before he was posted to the 1st Battalion at Broadmeadows camp in Victoria. But the war ended before he could be posted overseas and he was demobilised on Christmas...
  • SAS 'assassinate' Taliban leader Mullah Noorullah

    05/06/2009 4:43:43 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 560+ views
    The Australian ^ | 7th May 2009 | Mark Dodd
    AUSTRALIAN special forces have taken part in a targeted assassination of a senior Taliban leader, an operation army commanders claim will disrupt the insurgents' campaign in southern Oruzgan. Mullah Noorullah was killed in a combined operation involving coalition troops and Australian special forces, Defence said yesterday. It did not say when Noorullah was killed but did say the incident occurred in Deh Rafshan district in southern Oruzgan, where the Australian Special Operations Task Group is based. The SOTG tag is commonly used by defence as a synonym to describe elite Special Air Service operatives authorised to hunt and kill Taliban...
  • White paper orders huge military build-up (Biggest since WWII)

    04/29/2009 1:46:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 2,317+ views
    The Australian ^ | 04/25/09 | Patrick Walters
    White paper orders huge military build-up Patrick Walters, National security editor | April 25, 2009 KEVIN Rudd is set to announce Australia's biggest military build-up since World War II, led by a multi-billion-dollar investment in maritime defence, including 100 new F-35 fighters, a doubling of the submarine fleet, and powerful new surface warships. Kevin Rudd is set to roll out the biggest military build-up since World War II. 04/09 Sky News Views today: 21Sorry, this video is no longer available.The new defence white paper will outline plans for a fundamental shake-up of Australia's defence organisation to ensure that the nation...
  • Australian soldiers kill IED expert Mullah Abdul Bari

    03/31/2009 10:31:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies · 826+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 1st April 2009
    AUSTRALIAN special forces and Afghan troops have killed a senior Taliban insurgent leader responsible for improvised explosive device (IED) and suicide attacks against Australian forces. Mullah Abdul Bari was known to have controlled suicide bombers, the training of foreign fighters and distribution of weapons, the Australian Defence Force's chief of joint operations Mark Evans said. Mullah Bari was also identified as a primary IED facilitator and was responsible for the coordination of device emplacement in Oruzgan province. "His weapons of choice were roadside bombs and suicide bombers and his death means that Taliban insurgents operating in the region have lost...
  • Afghanistan toll climbs with the week's second death of a Digger (Australia)

    03/19/2009 1:16:18 PM PDT · by Dundee · 220+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 20, 2009 | Patrick Walters
    AUSTRALIAN troops have suffered their second fatality in Afghanistan in four days with the death of a soldier killed while trying to defuse a bomb. The 10th Australian to die in Afghanistan, the soldier's loss follows that on Monday of 21-year-old Corporal Mathew Hopkins, who was killed in a firefight with the Taliban in Oruzgan province. The chief of the defence force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said last night the soldier, a bomb disposal expert who is yet to be named, was killed instantly when an improvised explosive device blew up. The bomb was on a pathway being followed...
  • Another Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

    03/19/2009 4:33:44 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 271+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 19th March 2009
    AN Australian soldier has died in Afghanistan - the second combat fatality this week. Chief of the Defence Force Angus Houston held a press conference at 10pm (AEDT) to announce the death. The soldier died while trying to defuse an explosive device. His name has not yet been releaed. He is the 10th Digger to die in Afghanistan. "As an Australian soldier took action to render the device safe, as he was carrying out this task, there was an explosion and he was killed," Air Chief Marshal Houston said. "The soldier was highly skilled and very courageous. "He was an...
  • Digger's death exposes Afghan role

    03/17/2009 3:18:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 176+ views
    The Australian ^ | 18th March 2009 | Patrick Walters
    MILITARY chiefs have defended the support given to Australia's new army training teams in Afghanistan following the death of another soldier, killed in a firefight with the Taliban. The soldier, the ninth Australian serviceman to die in Afghanistan, was a member of the army's newly established operational mentor and liaison team, which is helping to train an Afghan National Army battalion. He was badly wounded while on patrol with the ANA soon after 9am (3.30pm AEDT) on Monday near the village of Kakarak, 12km north of the Australian base at Tarin Kowt. Defence chief Angus Houston said yesterday the infantryman...
  • Digger killed in Afghanistan was new father

    03/17/2009 3:30:23 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 260+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 18th March 2009
    A SOLDIER who became a father just days ago is the ninth Australian to die in Afghanistan. The corporal, from the Darwin-based 7th Battalion, was the first from a new Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) and the second non-special forces soldier to die in action in Afghanistan since 2002. OMLTs are engaged in joint patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers. Diggers have expressed concerns about fighting alongside local troops. The recently married soldier, whose family refused to release his name, was killed by gunfire on Monday morning during a Taliban ambush at the village of Kakarak about 12km north...
  • VC winner Mark Donaldson drew enemy fire, saved a mate, and fought on

    01/16/2009 4:14:27 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 651+ views
    The Australian ^ | 17th January 2009 | Mark Dodd
    SAS trooper Mark Donaldson exposed himself so much to enemy fire that when Australia's last VC winner heard about his award he assumed it would be posthumous. Over two hours in southeastern Afghanistan last September 2, Trooper Donaldson, 29, repeatedly fought alone in open ground raked by accurate and heavy Taliban machine-gun fire to allow his wounded comrades to be dragged to safety. Deliberate exposure to draw enemy fire away from the wounded would have been enough for a Victoria Cross recommendation, but Trooper Donaldson then sprinted 80m over the same killing ground to save the life of a seriously...
  • Gallery - Images of the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Trooper Mark Donaldson

    01/15/2009 11:13:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies · 748+ views
    Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia pins the Victoria Cross to Trooper Mark Donaldson VC. Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia congratulates Trooper Mark Donaldson VC at today's ceremony. Mr Keith Payne VC congratulates Trooper Mark Donaldson VC at today's ceremony. A congratulatory kiss from wife Emma to Trooper Mark Donaldson VC; with the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie; Mrs Houston and the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston looking on. The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP, congratulates...
  • (Aussie) Troops avenge comrade

    01/11/2009 2:51:07 PM PST · by Dundee · 9 replies · 640+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 12, 2009 | Stephen Lunn and Nicola Berkovic
    AUSTRALIAN special forces in Afghanistan have avenged the death of commando Gregory Sher by killing the Taliban leader who orchestrated the fatal rocket attack of a week ago. As Private Sher was buried in Melbourne yesterday at a service attended by Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull, Defence chief Angus Houston was in Afghanistan to console and congratulate the troops that moved against Taliban insurgents last week. "It is quite clear you made them pay for the death of a comrade," Air Chief Marshal Houston told the special forces soldiers at their Tarin Kowt base in southern Afghanistan... Houston confirmed one...
  • Afghanistan Honour Roll (photos of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan)

    01/04/2009 4:56:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 799+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 5th January 2009
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  • Taliban rocket attack kills Digger in Afghanistan

    01/04/2009 4:15:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 279+ views
    The Australian ^ | 5th January 2009 | Samantha Maiden
    ANOTHER Australian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan after a rocket exploded in a defence compound. He is the eighth Australian soldier to die in the conflict zone. Australian Defence Force Chief Angus Houston told a press conference at defence headquarters this morning that he would not be releasing the man's name yet at the request of his family. "It is with deep regret that I inform you an Australian soldier has been killed. The soldier was killed instantly when a rocket exploded in the compound. To the family I want to convey I am terribly sorry for their loss,”...
  • Diggers' sewage causes a stink in Afghanistan

    01/04/2009 5:03:47 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 371+ views
    The Australian ^ | 5th January 2009 | Cameron Stewart
    THE Australian Defence Force has breached its environmental and safety guidelines in Afghanistan, allowing raw sewage to overflow at its Tarin Kowt base and using accommodation that could pose a fire hazard to troops. The accusations come from John Roberts, a former Australian army officer and until recently a contractor at Tarin Kowt in Oruzgan province where Australian troops are stationed, The Australian reports. Mr Roberts said he saw the ADF flout its environmental guidelines between 2005 and last August by allowing the dumping of raw sewage from its troops into nearby open holding ponds that then overflowed, threatening to...
  • Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan named as Lieutenant Michael Fussell

    11/27/2008 10:40:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 351+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 28th November 2008
    DEFENCE has named Lieutenant Michael Fussell as the latest Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan. Lt Fussell was killed by an improvised explosive device detonation in Afghanistan yesterday. The 25-year-old was a member of the Sydney-based 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and was conducting a dismounted patrol when he and his team were struck by the device. Lt Fussell was not married and had no children.
  • Give me more Aussies, pleads General (Petraeus)

    09/04/2008 2:17:25 AM PDT · by Dundee · 13 replies · 218+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 03, 2008 | Patrick Walters
    DAVID Petraeus would like more Australians to work alongside him as he assumes overall command of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars next month. General Petraeus said he had already asked Canberra to lend him several Australians. "I have already requested it. I need to be careful here,"... ...the four-star general said he wanted to thank Australian troops for their contribution to Iraq. "We are privileged to have them with us," he said. "They have initiative. They have a great work ethic and they have a wonderful sense of humour. "They don't hesitate to offer a view, even when not solicited....
  • Australian troops held Taliban suspects in dog pen (Muslims appalled by inhumane treatment)

    09/03/2008 5:01:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 267+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 2, 2008 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY, Australia - Australian special forces in Afghanistan detained four suspected Taliban militants captured in April in pens sometimes used to hold dogs, the defense minister said Tuesday. Many Muslims consider dogs impure and the head of Australia's main Islamic group strongly criticized the actions of the special forces. Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia Amanullah Jayhoon said the reports were troubling but stopped short of criticizing the soldiers. Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon defended the special forces, saying the detainees arrested on April 29 were held in the most secure place available before they were transported to a detention center in...
  • Nine Australian soliders wounded in Afghanistan

    09/03/2008 4:21:40 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 126+ views
    The Australian ^ | 3rd September 2008 | Mark Dodd
    AN Australian special forces soldier is fighting for his life and eight others are also wounded after they were ambushed overnight by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. The soldiers were attacked with rocket propelled grenades and guns as they were returning in vehicles from an operation targeting Taliban fighters in strife-torn Oruzgan province. One soldier is suffering ``life threatening'' wounds, five others have serious injuries and three have ``slight wounds,'' a Defence Department spokeswoman said this morning. It is the highest number of casualties Australian troops had experienced in a single incident since the Vietnam war, defence spokesman brigadier Brigadier Brian...
  • Future army to kill fewer combatants [Australia]

    08/27/2008 2:55:07 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies · 193+ views
    Canberra Times ^ | August 28, 2008 | DAVID MCLENNAN
    The army is about to undergo its biggest organisational shake-up in 35 years as it prepares for a future in which there will be less emphasis on killing people. New Chief of Army, Lieutenant-General Ken Gillespie, has outlined a series of changes to higher command under the ''Adaptive Army'' initiative. He said the army had too many headquarters between units and high command. ''This slows down decision cycles, constricts the passage of information in an age of email and Blackberries, and the sharing of lessons learned,'' he said. General Gillespie said the past decade's high tempo of operations had shown...
  • Aussie troops kill Taliban commander

    08/18/2008 7:28:46 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 39 replies · 286+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19 August 2008
    AUSTRALIAN special forces soldiers have killed a senior Taliban commander responsible for co-ordinating attacks on government facilities in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province. Australian troops spotted Mullah Akhtar Mohammed and his armed protection party in a remote area of Oruzgan last week, Defence said today. The special operations task group (SOTG) patrol kept watch and, after confirming there were no non-combatants in the area, called in an airstrike, defence spokesman Brigadier Brian Dawson said.
  • The facts about Fallujah (Aussie General slams lefty lies)

    08/01/2008 8:18:09 PM PDT · by Dundee · 17 replies · 182+ views
    The Australian letter page ^ | 02 August 2008 | Maj. Gen. (ret) Jim Molan
    CHRIS Doran (Letters, 1/8) is entitled to his view, but he gets just about everything wrong about my account of the Iraq war... The assault was neither disproportionate nor was it indiscriminate; it was conducted strictly in accordance with the laws of armed conflict and undertaken to remove a safe haven for terrorists/insurgents whose crimes against the people we have publicly documented... White phosphorous is as terrible as any battlefield weapon but it is not a chemical weapon and is not illegal if used against enemy forces as it was in Fallujah... Far from closing down Fallujah’s hospital, the coalition...
  • Death by misadventure (the death of Private Jake Kovco, Australian Army, Baghdad, Iraq)

    07/11/2008 5:45:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 66+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12th July 2008 | Dan Box
    AT 6.15am, Private Ray Johnson woke, pushed back his camouflage-print doona and got up. It was already hot, despite the constant, noisy work of the airconditioner above his bed. He showered and, when he got back to the room, woke the other two men sleeping in the bunks beside the door. They went quickly through their morning routine: wash, dress, webbing, weapons, helmet, out. Sharing a space this small with two other blokes, each learned to live without getting on the others' nerves. It was just another day. Another eight hours of guard duty, rotating around different positions at the...
  • Tributes for Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

    07/09/2008 7:02:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 120+ views
    The Australian ^ | 9th July 2008
    THE Australian commando killed by a bomb in Afghanistan overnight has been remembered for his humour, integrity and dedication as a soldier. Signaller Sean McCarthy, 25, a member of the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment, was killed yesterday when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Kunar province, on the border with Pakistan. Two other commandos were injured in the attack. Signaller McCarthy is the sixth Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan since 2002, and the second this year. Kevin Rudd, who is attending the G8 summit in Japan, described the death as a “terrible loss to his family, the...
  • High school mourns fallen soldier

    07/08/2008 7:03:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 67+ views
    Brisbane Courier Mail ^ | 9th July 2008 | Greg Stolz
    THE former high school of a Gold Coast soldier killed by a roadside bombing in Afghanistan has remembered him as a vibrant young man with a great sense of humour. Signaller Sean McCarthy, 25, was killed yesterday. Signaller McCarthy was born in New Zealand but was raised on the Gold Coast. He attended Trinity Lutheran College, Ashmore, before joining the ADF in 2001. His various postings before joining the SAS last year included a spell in Toowoomba. He is the sixth Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan since 2002 and the second this year. McCarthy's old high school today paid...
  • Digger caught in Afghan blast comes home

    07/08/2008 12:21:17 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 133+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 8th July 2008
    AN Australian Special Forces soldier, who was injured in Afghanistan after his vehicle was hit by an insurgent improvised explosive device (IED) late last month, has returned to Australia, Defence said. Two soldiers were injured in the blast which took place during a Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) patrol returning from a successful clearance operation when the attack occurred. The second soldier was slightly wounded in the explosion. Fellow soldiers provided immediate first aid before both soldiers were flown by helicopter to a nearby International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) medical facility, defence force spokesman Brigadier Brian Dawson said. "The medical...
  • Gen Y set to fight next war

    07/04/2008 4:40:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 133+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 5th July 2008 | Patrick Walters
    WHEN Peter Leahy joined the Australian Army 37 years ago, our soldiers were highly proficient in counterinsurgency warfare. Coming out of the New Guinea campaign in World War II, the army had been engaged continuously in unconventional conflict, including the Malayan emergency in the 1950s and confrontation with Indonesia in the early 1960s, followed by Vietnam. Nearly four decades on, the army is back in the counterinsurgency game in Afghanistan, acquiring new war-fighting skills. Army planners are now writing a new counterinsurgency doctrine that embraces a wholly different battlefield to that experienced in the jungles of South Vietnam. Lieutenant-General Leahy,...
  • Digger showed bravery under fire

    06/10/2008 3:03:58 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 97+ views
    The Australian ^ | 9th June 2008 | Kevin Meade
    TRENT Ollis has grown tired of what he perceives as a failure by average Australians to understand what their troops are doing in Afghanistan. Mr Ollis, 27, who spent seven months as an infantry soldier in Afghanistan, was awarded the Commendation for Gallantry in the military awards section of the Queen's Birthday honours list. The award was granted for "gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances" when the then Private Ollis was lead scout of a platoon attacked by Taliban forces at Musazai, in Afghanistan, on August 8 last year. During a patrol, his platoon, part of the Security Task Group...
  • Australia withdraws troops from Iraq

    06/01/2008 9:13:39 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies · 100+ views
    AFP ^ | Sunday, 1 June 2008
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AFP) — The 550-strong Australian contingent in Iraq withdrew from its bases in the south of the country on Sunday as most of the troops prepared to head home, Iraqi and Australian officials said. The soldiers left following a flag-lowering ceremony at the Imam Ali airbase west of the city of Nasiriyah, the capital of Dhi Qar province, governor Aziz Kadoum Alwan said. "The Australian soldiers left today from Dhi Qar and Muthanna provinces," Alwan said. In Sydney the Australian Defence Force said in a statement that the "Overwatch Battle Group and the Australian army training team formally...
  • Australia ends Iraq combat operations

    06/01/2008 6:58:09 AM PDT · by steelboy · 9 replies · 678+ views
    AP ^ | 5/30/2008 | TANALEE SMITH
    - Australia, a staunch U.S. ally and one of the first countries to commit troops to the Iraq war five years ago, ended combat operations there Sunday, a Defense Department official said. ADVERTISEMENT Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was swept into office in November largely on the promise that he would bring home the country's 550 combat troops by the middle of 2008. Rudd has said the Iraq deployment has made Australia more of a target for terrorism.
  • Troops begin arriving home from Iraq

    06/01/2008 4:09:26 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 186+ views
    news.com.au ^ | June 1st 2008
    AUSTRALIAN troops have begun arriving home from Iraq, signalling an end to the nation's combat mission in the war-torn country and fulfilling an election promise made by Kevin Rudd. The first of about 500 soldiers from the Overwatch Battle Group (West) 4 and Australia's Army Training Team reportedly touched down in Brisbane late this afternoon. The soldiers had been stationed at Tallil air base, 300km south of Baghdad, and were responsible for providing security training for Iraqi forces, as well as reconstruction and aid work. A British military spokesman in the southern city of Basra has confirmed the withdrawal was...
  • They don't have to be there (Aussies in Iraq praising US troops)

    05/02/2008 3:41:37 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 94 replies · 357+ views
    Eunice News ^ | 2 May 08 | Lincoln Savoie
    An email from an Australian father, “I am an Australian and my son is serving in the Australian army in Iraq. As far as we are concerned there is no place on God’s earth better than Australia and there are no people better than Australians, that was until the past week or so. “My son and I just ended a long phone conversation and here are some of his comments: ”Before I came over to Iraq I thought the Australian army were pretty hot stuff -- was I ever wrong! “The Yanks (I hope you don’t mind me using that...
  • US troops to help 'deluded' British in southern Iraq

    05/12/2008 8:15:44 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 311+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/13/08 | Damien McElroy
    Britain has been in charge of four provinces in southern Iraq since Saddam Hussein's downfall. While the divisional command will continue to operate under British leadership at Basra airbase, the orders of the US units will be to "get out front" and resume patrols and combat missions. US hopes of making the whole of Iraq secure before its eventual withdrawal have been raised by what commanders see as a potential southern version of the Sahwa, or tribal awakening, which turned locals against al-Qa'eda. Troops have been shifted from Anbar province to the Tallil airbase, Nasiriya, to assume responsibility from 550...
  • Vietnam vets honoured after 40 years

    04/04/2008 12:56:12 AM PDT · by Dundee · 3 replies · 60+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 04, 2008
    MORE than 40 years since serving under the command of the US Air Force in Vietnam, members of the so-called Wallaby Squadron have finally been honoured at a ceremony in Canberra. A total of 128 USAF Air Medals were belatedly awarded to the Australian pilots and ground crew of the RAAF's 35 Squadron, in recognition of their efforts when they flew with the Americans during almost a decade of battle. They were the first RAAF operational unit sent to Vietnam in 1964, and the last to leave in 1972. Operating Caribou aircraft, the RAAF 35 Squadron, also dubbed Wallaby Airlines...
  • Aussies turn big guns on Taliban (misleading and defeatist)

    02/28/2008 12:59:09 PM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 7 replies · 132+ views
    News.com.au ^ | 2-27-08 | Peter Veness
    AUSTRALIAN troops have been forced to use some of their heaviest firepower to fight Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan during a series of recent skirmishes, the Department of Defence says. The soldiers have been using 81mm mortars, which can hit targets kilometres away but which have not been widely used by Australia since the Vietnam war. No Australian soldiers were killed or injured in the fighting and it was not clear if any Taliban had been hit. The Taliban have launched multiple simultaneous attacks during the past fortnight. The raids have been aimed at a security post that soldiers from the...
  • Australia to withdraw troops from Iraq

    01/29/2008 2:07:06 PM PST · by Axlrose · 20 replies · 482+ views
    MELBOURNE: Australia has announced pulling out its military troops from Iraq while reassuring its commitments to continue aid and help for the reconstruction work both in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Skynews TV channel , Australian Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith informed this to US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary Robert Gates and Vice-President Dick Cheney on his first official visit to Washington since Kevin Rudd Government's election last year. Australia has pledged to withdraw 550 combat troops from Iraq by June this year. Smith's agenda comprised explanations on Australia's decision to withdraw its combat troops from Iraq, which...