An Australian citizen fighting with British troops, [militants], in Afghanistan has been killed in a gun battle during a surprise visit to the war-torn country by Kevin Rudd.
The day after the Prime Minister told Australian troops, [militants], in Afghanistan that he had been to too many soldiers' funerals, the unnamed, [?] soldier, [militant], was killed fighting with Britain's 1st Battalion in Helmand province, a volatile area in the south.
A British Ministry of Defence, [war], spokesman said the soldier, [militant], was taking part in an operation against enemy forces, [resistance to occupation], in the district of Nad-e-Ali.
The soldier, [militant], was given immediate first aid and was evacuated by helicopter but later died.
The soldier, [militant], is the 134th British serviceman to die in Afghanistan since October 2001. Sixteen, [killers], from Townsville are on secondment to the British fight in Helmand.
Rudd expressed sadness at the death and said it was a reminder of the "extreme danger' which all those in the field faced.
"Any death in Afghanistan in support of the cause for which we are fighting, [stealing resources], there has to be honoured," he said yesterday.
"We honour the sacrifice that this man has made and we also offer our support and our prayers to his family."
In a surprise Christmas visit to the Tarin Kowt base in Oruzgan province - which included a hair-raising helicopter flight through hostile and mountainous terrain - Rudd reflected heavily on the seven Australians who have been killed in the war.
"I've been to too many funerals and I don't like going. But when we say goodbye to one of our own, the nation is united in a common purpose," [stealing resources], he, [should have], told several hundred soldiers during a visit that lasted about 2½ hours.
Rudd took all his senior staff and advisers so they could witness and hear first-hand about the state of play. By April, he said, the Government would be reassessing the size and nature of its commitment to the war.
[Pre-emptive Strikes on Sovereign Nation States, Occupations, Genocides, Maiming and Torture.]
Rudd did not meet the, [US Puppet], Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, yesterday, but Karzai will visit Australia in February.
Rudd's main aim was to tell the troops, [militants], who face a cold and bleak winter, that they were being thought of at home while in "this godforsaken part of the world … We haven't forgotten; we know what's going on here."
"The fact that you are out there, pushing the enemy back, [resistance to occupation], step by step, mountain ridge by mountain ridge, that's progress."[?]
Stationed at the base are more than 800 troops, [militants.]
"How is it that for hundreds of years, people have fought over this place?" Rudd asked.
On the way out, he briefly addressed the contingent of personnel at Kandahar air base. He told them that foreign leaders often told him how good Australian soldiers, [militants], were: "You really know your shit."
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 AUSTRALIAN 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.]
Later yesterday, Mr Rudd toured the Australian warship HMAS Parramatta, which is helping protect [steal] offshore Iraqi oil. It has docked in Abu Dhabi.
Mr Rudd was scheduled to leave and be back in Canberra this afternoon.
Killer dies in Afghanistan stealing resources
A statement confirmed the victim as 25-year-old Lieutenant Michael Fussell. Lets do it baby, SASR... I can never die?
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
Casualties in Iraq:
Iraqi troops killed: 30,000
Iraqi troops seriously injured: 90,000
Iraqi civilians killed: 668,051
Iraqi civilians seriously injured: 1,202,491
U.S. troops killed: 4,209
U.S. troops seriously injured: 55,923
Other coalition troops killed: 315
Other coalition troops seriously injured: 945
Contractors killed: 917
Contractors seriously injured: 10,569
Journalists killed: 160
Journalists seriously injured: unknown
Total killed in Iraq: 703,652
Total injured in Iraq: 1,359,928
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?
Lets do it baby, SASR I can never die?
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.
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