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Digger killed in Afghanistan

The Defence Department has confirmed that another Australian soldier has been killed in an incident in Afghanistan.

The soldier’s family has been notified and the Defence Force is expected to release the details of the incident shortly.

Yesterday a ramp ceremony was held in Melbourne for two Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week.

Lance Corporal Andrew Jones, 25, and Lieutenant Marcus Case, 27, died in separate incidents.

Twenty-seven Australian soldiers have now been killed in Afghanistan since 2001.


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  1. Leonard Colquhoun

    June 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Time to go.

    Afghanistan is no longer viable as an al-Qaida sanctuary, so it seems that our intervention has achieved its main objective.

    Time to leave it to the Afghans themselves whether or not they want the barbaric Talibs back.

    (Yes, I am aware of how hollow that sounds for a country ‘ruled’ by competing nysogynistic warlords, and riven with both ethnic rivalries and Islamic sectarian hatred. Sounds a bit like Scotland before some Scots got civilised and joined the Enlightenment, except, of course, for Celtic v Rangers.)

    BTW, re the often-made claims about how futile 19th century British intervention was in Afghanistan, and that therefore we shouldn’t:

    ~ the First Anglo-Afghan War, 1838-42, achieved its objectives, albeit at huge tactical losses through poor leadership, and resulted in 30 years of peace;

    ~ the Second Anglo-Afghan War, 1878-80, also achieved its objectives, with the Afghans maintaining internal sovereignty but ceding control of their foreign relations to the British;

    ~ the Third Anglo-Afghan War, May-August 1919, also achieved its objectives, with the Durand Line was reaffirmed as the political boundary and the Afghans agreeing not to foment trouble in the Raj, and able to resume the right to conduct their own foreign affairs as a fully independent state. However, trouble continued in the Waziristan region in much the same way as today.

    The point was the cause trouble for the Raj, and the Raj will deal out death & destruction. But work out a modus vivendi, and we can get along either side of the Line.

    The ‘Bear in the Room’ in these three wars was imperial Russia, which took on Soviet trappings in 1979-89. There is no such Bear today.

    Just leave them to it.

    And return Afghanistan to being Pakistan’s problem. After all, they’re the main ones responsible for it.

    Our presence no longer serves our national interest.

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