Australia was last night grieving the seventh soldier killed in Afghanistan by Taliban [resistance] in six years.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said his prayers were with the family of an unidentified Special Operations Task Group soldier killed yesterday by an improvised explosive device in the dangerous Oruzgan province.
Two other [killers] were injured in the attack and last night the Australian [Military] Force was liaising with their families.
Special: Australians [killers] in Afghanistan [stealing resources]
The tragedy - just weeks before Christmas - comes two months after an Australian soldier was seriously injured and eight others were wounded during a protracted gunfight with Taliban [resistance] fighters.
It had been expected [resistance] would ramp up their attacks in the last few weeks of the annual "[defence] season", during the northern hemisphere's summer months, however the [Military] Force said Afghanistan was always dangerous.
[Because that is where Afghanistani's live and not Australians, mate.]
Seven Australians have died in Afghanistan since 2002.
SAS Signalman Sean McCarthy, 25, and Lance-Corporal Jason Marks, 27, died this year; Private Luke Worsley, SAS Sgt Matthew Locke and Trooper David Pearce were killed in 2007 and Sgt Andrew Russell, 33, was killed in 2002.
A statement confirmed the victim as 25-year-old Lieutenant Michael Fussell. Lets do it baby, SASRI can never die?
Mr Rudd, who has ruled out boosting troop numbers in Afghanistan beyond the 1000 already there, yesterday paid tribute to the serving soldiers.
"Our troops in Afghanistan are engaged in dangerous work, they are engaged in important work and they perform their role with distinction, with bravery and professionalism," Mr Rudd said.
[As they continue to be killed for imperialists stealing resources.]
"There is no higher calling for any person than to wear the uniform of Australia and today we are tragically reminded of the risks that come . . . with that calling."
[So why not call Kevin Rudd to the front line if he thinks it's okay to die for imperialists causes?]
In a statement, [Military] Force Vice-Chief Lieutenant-General David Hurley said the blast happened during an offensive operation by members of Special Operations Task Group in an area of Oruzgan province in which Australian troops had previously operated.
General Hurley said the soldiers were on foot, conducting an operation against Taliban insurgents.
No more information could be released about the incident because it could jeopardise the safety of other soldiers, he said.
"Our nation mourns the loss of a fine soldier," General Hurley said.
"On behalf of the men and women of the Australian Defence [WAR] Force, I offer my deepest sympathy to his family and to his friends.
He said the soldier's family was receiving support.
An inquiry will be held into the soldier's death and the results will be made public.
Oil Company Profits
Australia sent troops to Afghanistan for oil company profits.
The Australian military pawns are dying on behalf of oil profits, my friends.
The Taliban are Indigenous Afganistani's and are resisting our occupation.
Where after 7 years of war there's stil no water, no education, and no electricity for most of the people, most of the time.
Not improving their lives in any significant way at all.
Wouldn't you think after seven years of war promising food, water, power and education, whilst billions are embezzed by corrupt officials, they would be getting the picture?
Major Root Cause of Domestic Violence in Australia
The Military should be re named to AUSTRALIAN HUMANITY AID GROUP.
The AUSTALIAN HUMANITY AID GROUP should lead Australia by some form of example - in terms of not perpetrating violence.
And instead only Helping people in crisis, or Defending Australia from invasion.
Not killing people for resource wars, pre-emptive strikes on foreign nation states or occupation of other nations.
Winter Soldier on the Hill: War Vets Testify Before Congress War veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan came to Capitol Hill earlier this year 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.
AFGHANISTAN: End the slaughter An Afghan woman who lost family members weeps after air strikes on Friday in Azizabad district of Shindand August 23, 2008. An UN investigation suggested that 60 children were killed in the airstrike. Australian troops are not restoring peace in Afghanistan but working for oil company profits, amongst other things.
More than 98 times as many people have been killed in these wars and occupations than in all terrorist attacks in the world from 1995-2003. About 229 times as many people have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq than in the ghastly attacks of September 11, 2001.
Casualties in Afghanistan: Afghan troops killed: 8,587 Afghan troops seriously injured: 25,761 Afghan civilians killed: 3,485 Afghan civilians seriously injured: 6,273 U.S. troops killed: 534 U.S. troops seriously injured: 1,602 Other coalition troops killed: 402 Other coalition troops seriously injureed 1,206 Contractors killed: 75 Contractors seriously injured: 2,428 Journalists killed: 6 Journalists seriously injured: unknown Total killed in Afghanistan: 13,089 ================================================= Total injured in Afghanistan: 37,270 =================================================
The Forgotten War: Sonali Kolhatkar on Why Afghanistan is “Just as Bad as Iraq” Coming on the heels of Barack Obama’s highly publicized visit to Afghanistan—what he calls a central front in the so-called war on terror—we play an address by Pacifica radio host Sonali Kolhatkar, one of this country’s leading voices against the occupation of Afghanistan and co-author of the book Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence. She spoke last month at the National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis about what she called widespread misconceptions about the occupation of Afghanistan.
I don't remember falling diggers Diggers dig holes to bury their dead and when I see war that is what I see. Firstly, I see imperialists then I see murderers and killers. How come others cannot see that?
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.