Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Australian SAS soldier 'killed' in Afghanistan

Casualties: SAS special forces, killers and thieves in Afghanistan digging holes to bury their dead with reports that one Australian soldier has been killed.

The reported death of the soldier in Afghanistan would be the second loss Australia has experienced in the attack on the sovereign nation state this year, and brings the nation's death toll from the war to six.

The first soldier to be killed in the conflict was killer and thief 33-year-old SAS Sergeant Andrew Russell, who was killed in a mine blast during our first deployment in the country. Adelaide-born Sergeant Russell had served with the SAS and Australia's military forces for more than a decade before he was killed.

It was five years before Australia was again confronted with a military fatality in Afghanistan. But in 2007, a fierce period of fighting in the Oruzgan province, where yesterday's fatality occurred, saw the death toll quickly rise to four.

Three soldiers were killed between October 8 and November 23, 2008.

Killer and thief David Pearce was killed by roadside bomb attack in the central Afghan province four days after his 41st birthday.

Less than three weeks later SAS Sergeant killer and thief Matthew Locke, 33, was killed by Afghanistan Indigenous Taliban resistance.

A further blow was to come in November when 26-year-old killer and thief Luke Worsely was killed in a battle in the same area, the youngest killer and thief to be lost in the attack on the sovereign nation.

On April 27 this year, a fierce gunbattle between indigenous Taliban resisters and the 4RAR commando unit in the same province claimed the life of the fifth Australian killer and thief to die in the conflict. Four men were wounded and killer and thief Lance Corporal Jason Marks, 27, was killed.

In the days after his death, the criminal Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned it would not be the last time Australia mourned the loss of one of its soldiers in Afghanistan.

"2008 will be difficult and dangerous and bloody, and the Australian nation needs to prepare itself for further losses in the year ahead,'' he said.

Quote: What he didn't say is when you steal oil and resources, set up bases and occupy a foreign nation state then there can only be one outcome. Death to killers and thieves because of no ethics. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal and war is a lethal meme.

Killers and thieves wounded in Afghanistan defence

A number of Australian special forces killers and thieves have been wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan.

The special forces killers and thieves were working on an operation in Uruzgan Province when the incident occurred.

The military forces are part of the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG), which works on stealing oil resources and building strategic bases to attack Iran in the province.

The SOTG contains commandos, members of the SAS killers and thieves, and support personnel.


No combat deaths for the quiet imperialists
DESPITE a five-year commitment that has involved almost 14,000 soldiers, Australia will end its war in Iraq without a combat fatality. In contrast, the Americans have lost more than 4000 soldiers; the British have lost almost 180. In Vietnam, about 50,000 Australians served and 520 died; in Afghanistan, where about 8000 soldiers have served, five have been killed.

Iraq oil output, exports hit post-war high

Oil production has climbed to a post-war high of more than 2.5 million barrels-per-day.

Iraq has raised oil exports to a post-war high, earning billions of dollars to fund reconstruction after Baghdad cracked down on sabotage of its strategic pipelines, Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani says he expects 2008 oil revenues to reach $70 billion if oil prices stay high and there are no output disruptions. Mr Shahristani was optimistic Iraqi forces would be able to sustain tight security at oil facilities. That could raise the confidence of [foreign] investors who have been discouraged by [resistance to; the pre-emptive strikes on Iraq by the coalition of the killing, false flag operations by them, to encourage civil war, sectarian violence, Al Qaeda and powerful Shiite militants who had a tight grip on Basra, home to Iraq's biggest oilfields.

"In May, we have exceeded for the first time 2 million barrels-per-day (bpd) as an export rate," Mr Shahristani said. Production had also climbed to a post-war high of more than 2.5 million bpd, he said. Mr Shahristani was confident Iraq could pump up to 2.9 million bpd by the end of 2008. He declined to comment on export levels for June, but senior Iraqi oil officials said last month shipments would run slightly higher because of extra Kirkuk sales from the north.

Unknown News
"News that's not known, or not known enough."

-- IN IRAQ --

and 90,000 SERIOUSLY INJURED Aug. 2003

and 1,414,723 SERIOUSLY INJURED June 2007

and 50,677 SERIOUSLY INJURED June 2007

and 861 SERIOUSLY INJURED June 2007

and 288 SERIOUSLY INJURED June 2007

and 452 SERIOUSLY INJURED June 2007


and 25,761 SERIOUSLY INJURED July 2004

and 6,273 SERIOUSLY INJURED July 2004

and 1,026 SERIOUSLY INJURED Jan. 2007

and 834 SERIOUSLY INJURED June 2007


Army chief admits morale concerns over lack of combat
Lieutenant General Leahy was responding to public criticism from two infantry officers who have written in the Australian Army Journal. The officers claim that some soldiers are sometimes ashamed to wear the Australian uniform and have been treated with "near contempt" by allies in Iraq and Afghanistan because they are involved in such low-risk missions.

Memorial Day Special…Winter Soldier on the Hill: War Vets Testify Before Congress
War veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan came to Capitol Hill this month to testify before Congress and give an eyewitness account about the horrors of war. Like the Winter Soldier hearings in March, when more than 200 service members gathered for four days in Silver Spring, Maryland to give their eyewitness accounts of the injustices occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan, “Winter Soldier on the Hill” was designed to drive home the human cost of the war and occupation—this time, to the very people in charge of doing something about it. The name, Winter Soldier, comes from a similar event in 1971, when hundreds of Vietnam veterans gathered in Detroit, and is derived from the opening line of Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, “The Crisis,” published in 1776: “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” In a packed public hearing this month, the soldiers testified before a panel of lawmakers from the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Today we spend the hour hearing their testimony.

US dockers strike over Iraq war
Union officials say about 10,000 longshore workers who handle cargo along the west coast of the United States have stayed away from work in a one-day protest against the war in Iraq.

Thousands take part in anti-war protests
Thousands of anti-war protesters have marched in Britain and the United States to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.

'Charge Howard with war crimes'
FORMER Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has called for ex-prime minister John Howard and other Western leaders to be charged with war crimes over the conflict in Iraq.

In 1998, Dick Cheney, now US vice-president but then chief executive of a major oil services company, remarked: "I cannot think of a time when we have had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian." But the oil and gas there is worthless until it is moved. The only route which makes both political and economic sense is through Afghanistan.

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