Monday, June 21, 2010


Diggers suffer 'multiple casualties' in Afghanistan

UPDATE 5.05PM: THREE Australian commandos have been killed in Afghanistan.

Defence Minister John Faulkner and the defence forces chief Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston are releasing details of the incident at a media conference in Canberra now.

The incident involved the Special Operations Task Group.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said a coalition helicopter went down in northern Kandahar.

Ten Australian commandos were among those onboard.

Three were killed.

Seven are being treated for their wounds; two are seriously injured.

"I cannot provide any further details on any other foreign nationals onboard the helicopter," he said.

Coalition helicopters were in close proximity when the chopper went down.

"They were able to land immediately, secure the area and evacuate the injured," Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

"I am providing as much detail as I can. An operation remains ongoing."

He said the crash was not the result of enemy action.

More details soon.

Australia's fallen soldiers in Afghanistan

June 21, 2010/ Three Australian commandos killed.

June 7, 2010/ Sappers Darren Smith and Jacob Moerland killed by IED (roadside bomb) in Mirabad Valley

July 19, 2009/ Private Benjamin Ranaudo, 22, 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) killed by IED in Baluchi Valley

March 19, 2009/ Sergeant Brett Till, 31, Incident Response Regiment, killed defusing roadside bomb in Baluchi Valley

March 16, 2009/ Corporal Mathew Hopkins, 21, Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force killed by Taliban gunfire north of Tarin Kowt

January 4, 2009/ Private Gregory Sher, 30, reservist with 1 Commando Regiment, killed by rocket north of Tarin Kowt

November 27, 2008/ Lieutenant Michael Fussell, 25, 4RAR (Commando), killed by IED north of Tarin Kowt

July 8, 2008/ Signaller Sean McCarthy, 25, from Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) killed by IED blast

April 27, 2008/ Lance Corporal Jason Marks, 27, 4RAR (Commando) killed in firefight with Taliban fighters in Oruzgan Province

November 23, 2007/ Private Luke Worsley, 26, 4RAR (Commando) killed in firefight with Taliban fighters in Oruzgan Province

October 25, 2007/ Sergeant Matthew Locke (SASR) killed in firefight with Taliban insurgents in Oruzgan Province

October 8, 2007/ Trooper David Pearce, 41, 2/14th Light Horse killed by IED blast in Oruzgan Province

February 16, 2002/ Sergeant Andrew Russell (SASR), 33, killed when long-range patrol vehicle struck a landmine in southern Afghanistan

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