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3 Australian Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Johnrhys, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. "Three Australian solders have been killed as a result of a green on blue incident and two have been injured," he told the ABC.

    "It's a very dreadful tragedy. My sympathy goes to the families of those brave men who have lost their lives."

    The latest deaths would take the Australian death toll in Afghanistan to 36 since 2002.

    Defence will still not confirm how many soldiers have been killed.

    Reports out of Oruzgan earlier on Thursday said three soldiers had been killed in an attack by a member of the Afghan security force.

    Defence says it is currently in the process of informing the next of kin of the soldiers involved.

    The Acting Chief of the Defence Force will make a statement once this process is complete.

    The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said earlier on Thursday that three coalition soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier in an incident in Oruzgan province on Wednesday evening Afghan time.

    This is the region of southern Afghanistan where most Australian troops are based.

    It would also be the third incident in which Australian soldiers have been shot and killed by Afghan soldiers in what are termed "green on blue" attacks.

    These "green on blue" attacks involve uniformed Afghans turning their weapons against their international allies.

    In May last year, an Afghan soldier shot and killed Lance Corporal Andrew Jones at a patrol base in the Chorah Valley.

    The culprit fled but was subsequently located by US forces and shot dead.

    In October last year, another Afghan soldier opened fire on Australian and Afghan troops at a patrol base in Kandahar Province, killing Captain Bryce Duffy, Corporal Ashley Birt and Lance Corporal Luke Gavin.

    The Afghan soldier was himself immediately shot dead.

    In another incident in November, an Afghan soldier shot and wounded three Australians. He escaped and remains on the run.

    NATO has struggled to counter the so-called "green on blue" attacks.

    The assaults have spiked this year, with more than 30 attacks claiming the lives of 45 coalition troops, comprising about 14 per cent of the overall death toll in the war for 2012, according to ISAF.

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is in the Cook Islands for the Pacific Islands Forum, is expected to give a media conference later on Thursday.

    Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said it was a terrible tragedy.

    "It is a black day for our defence forces," he told reporters in Melbourne.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been killed and with their comrades and their families."

    The Australian Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt said he sent sympathy and condolences to the families and comrades of those soldiers.

    He told reporters in Melbourne that Australia shouldn't be putting troops in harm's way.

    But the troops deserved the support of everyone, no matter what their position on Australia's involvement in Afghanistan, he said.

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  2. My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues.

    Lest we forget.
  3. 5 in total,another incident involving a choper crash.Horrible day
  4. Yes it's a sad day when we lose our young men and women, seems worse somehow when it's in such a God foresaken place as that. My sympathies to their families.
  5. darkest day since vietnam war :(