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Old 18-10-2007, 09:27 AM   #1
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Default Australians injured or killed.

These are just recent incidence's, as there many more deaths of our troops,
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Old 18-10-2007, 09:29 AM   #2
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Farewell to a mate-in-arms and a father

Cosima Marriner
October 18, 2007
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/...mh=dm16.284568

EDWARD PEARCE spoke many times to his younger brother, David, about the dangers he faced as a soldier. "What do I tell them if you don't come back?" he asked David. "Tell them I'm not being sent. I want to go. I'm doing what I want to do," David replied.

Trooper David Pearce, 41, was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan last week. Yesterday Edward Pearce entreated mourners at St Stephen's Cathedral in Brisbane not to let his brother's death be in vain.

"He was there to fight the good fight. Let this harden our will to prevail, and not lose sight of his mates still there."

More than 600 people attended the moving military funeral, including the Prime Minister, John Howard, and his wife, Janette, the Labor leader, Kevin Rudd, and his wife, Therese Rein, the Defence Minister, Brendan Nelson, and the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.

Mr Pearce said that Trooper Pearce's wife of 18 years, Nicole, and his daughters, Stephanie, 11, and Hannah, 6, "meant everything to him". He said the other love of Trooper Pearce's life was the army. "He lived for it. He loved the physical fitness, respected the discipline and enjoyed the mateship that only a digger can understand."

The commanding officer of Trooper Pearce's 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Websdane, told the congregation that the soldier possessed the "true Anzac Spirit" and "exemplified what it means to be a digger".

Trooper Pearce joined the army only 18 months ago and, at twice the age of most of his peers, was quickly nicknamed "Poppy". Lieutenant-Colonel Websdane said the soldier's maturity and life experience "were a blessing for a very young and busy unit" and his innate leadership qualities and sense of responsibility meant young soldiers "gravitated to him like a moth to the flame".

Mr Pearce quoted George Orwell: "'We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.'

"David Pearce was one of those 'rough men'," Mr Pearce said. "And I'm very proud of him."

After the eulogies, John Williamson's Hey True Blue was played as images of Trooper Pearce flashed up on screens, showing off fish he had caught, cooking at the barbie, playing with his daughters at the pool, in uniform holding a little girl from the Solomons Islands on his knee, and with his wife on their wedding day.

Eight of Trooper Pearce's army mates carried his coffin out of the church to the strains of I am Australian. Mrs Pearce followed clutching the Australian flag in trembling hands, her weeping daughters behind her.

Outside Mr Howard embraced Mrs Pearce before the family left for a private burial. The politics of election campaigning was set aside for the morning, with Mr Howard and Mr Rudd shaking hands outside the church, and their wives doing likewise.
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Old 18-10-2007, 09:33 AM   #3
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Soldier wounded in Iraq

Craig Skehan
October 18, 2007
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/sol...300856581.html

AN AUSTRALIAN soldier seriously wounded in Iraq by a single gunshot while on a night patrol in southern Dhi Qar province is recovering in a United States military hospital.

The shooting took place about 60 kilometres from the Australian's Camp Terendak base. He was evacuated by helicopter after emergency treatment at the scene.

The Australian Defence Force said it was not clear whether the shooting was the work of a sniper, but said there would be a full investigation of the circumstances.

The soldier, a member of the 675-member Australian Overwatch Battle Group, was shot in the upper left arm while travelling in a light armoured vehicle.

"The incident highlights that Iraq remains a dangerous place," a Defence Force spokesman, Andrew Nikolic, said.

He said the wounded soldier was conscious and had spoken highly of the conduct of fellow soldiers in response to the attack.

"There is no evidence at this stage Australian forces are being specifically targeted," Brigadier Nikolic said.

The Prime Minister, John Howard, said yesterday: "He will make a full recovery and I'm very pleased about that.

"It's just a reminder that these men and women are at daily risk.

"It brings home to all of us, particularly today as we have honoured the contribution of a wonderful soldier in Afghanistan, it's tremendously important that we all honour these men and women who are serving our country in such dangerous circumstances."

The Opposition defence spokesman, Joel Fitzgibbon, said: "Our thoughts are with the Australian soldier and his family and all those serving alongside him. It is a reminder of the dangers ADF personnel face on a daily basis while they are deployed."

The Herald asked him if the shooting underscored Labor's view that Australian troops should be withdrawn.

"Our position is that the Overwatch Battle Group should come home as soon as possible," Mr Fitzgibbon said.

He reaffirmed that a Labor government would withdraw forces from Iraq from the middle of next year.
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Old 18-10-2007, 09:45 AM   #4
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Coroner outraged at Kovco media reports

October 17, 2007
http://www.smh.com.au/news/NATIONAL/...300808574.html

The NSW state coroner has expressed outrage at media reports on the upcoming inquest into the death of Private Jake Kovco, the first Australian soldier to die in Iraq.

In Glebe Coroner's Court in Sydney on Wednesday, Coroner Mary Jerram said as well as containing inaccuracies the reports alleged counsel assisting the inquest had acted improperly.

"As a judicial officer, I am outraged, perhaps I will say, I will not condone such an unmitigated interference in the process of the law and of this jurisdiction," she said.

"My duty is to find the truth of the cause and manner of those deaths reported to me without fear or favour, affection or ill-will."

Ms Jerram said she would consider referring the matter to the Supreme Court for possible contempt of court proceedings.

Paratrooper Jake Kovco was shot in the head with his own gun while in his Baghdad barracks in April last year.

Ms Jerram said she was referring to a report in News Ltd's Daily Telegraph newspaper and a lengthy comment on Sydney's Macquarie radio station 2GB by Alan Jones last Friday.

The coroner said both reports made comments on a perception of a Kovco family member about what happened during a pre-court discussion.

She said John Agius, senior counsel assisting her in the inquest, was alleged to have acted improperly in attempting to dissuade the family member from requesting a jury at the inquest.

"The remark on radio went further, in intimating that there was an agenda, a manipulation, and a cover-up," Ms Jerram said.

"In particular, one comment could be read as pre-empting the outcome of, and therefore prejudicing, the inquest.

"Both reports may well be compromising the integrity of this court, and of its counsel, appointed on my behalf by the attorney-general of this state."

She said for a "distinguished and hugely experienced" senior counsel like Mr Agius to act with anything but total propriety in carrying out his duty was "unthinkable".

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Old 18-10-2007, 10:10 AM   #5
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Body of trooper Pearce arrives

Georgie Robinson
October 13, 2007
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/...696220492.html



The body of the first Australian soldier killed by direct enemy action in Afghanistan is home, met by family, friends and military and government representatives at Queensland's Amberley air force base.

Trooper David Pearce, 41, was killed by a roadside bomb while driving a light armoured vehicle in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province on Monday.

Described by his brother-in-law as a “true family man”, Trooper Pearce had been in Afghanistan for just a couple of weeks when the incident occurred.

A member of the Brisbane-based 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, Trooper Pearce died amid increasingly hostile attacks by the Taliban.

His body has been under constant defence escort since leaving Afghanistan, to prevent any repeat of the mix-up which occurred with the body of Private Jake Kovco, who died accidentally in Iraq in April last year.

Family and friends of Trooper Pearce are expected to attend the repatriation ceremony, which will include a religious blessing and formal ceremony.

Defence Minister Brendan Nelson is also expected to attend the event.

A private funeral will be held by the trooper's family in Brisbane next week.

He is survived by his wife, Nicole, and two daughters, Stephanie and Hannah.

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Old 18-10-2007, 11:55 AM   #6
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Default the politics of election campaigning...

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Farewell to a mate-in-arms and a father


Mr Pearce quoted George Orwell:

"David Pearce was one of those 'rough men'," Mr Pearce said. "And I'm very proud of him."

Outside Mr Howard embraced Mrs Pearce before the family left for a private burial.

The politics of election campaigning was set aside for the morning,

with Mr Howard and Mr Rudd shaking hands outside the church, and their wives doing likewise.
I would say this WAS the politics of election campaigning, precisely...
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Old 26-10-2007, 07:12 AM   #7
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Fallen soldier named

Tom Allard
October 26, 2007
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/wev...mh=dm16.285924

The SAS soldier who died yesterday in Afghan was Sergeant Matthew Locke - a decorated SAS patrol commander.

Sergeant Locke died after being shot in the chest "during aggressive operations against the Taliban'' said Chief of Army Lieutenant General Peter Leahy.


Killed in action ... Sergeant Matthew Locke.

The Governor-General, retired Major-General Michael Jefferey - himself a former SAS chief - recounted how he last year awarded Sergeant Locke the Medal for Gallantry for his role in a battle his patrol fought against the Taliban in rugged country in Afghanistan.

"Sergeant Locke's actions of gallantry whilst under enemy fire in extremely hazardous circumstances, displayed courage of the highest order ..." his citation read.

"Sergeant Locke was doing what he loved doing - that is commanding the best soldiers in the world in operations, which he did so supremely well.'' said General Jefferey today.

Chief of Army Lieutenant-General Leahy said Sergeant Locke was shot in the chest during an operation conducted in co-operation with the Afghan National Army and international security forces in Afghanistan.

His fellow soldiers administered first aid and he was evacuated to a nearby medical facility but couldn't be saved.

"They were conducting aggressive operations against the Taliban," he said.
"He was shot in the chest and despite the effort of his mates to revive him we weren't able to revive him."

Lieutenant-General Leahy said Sergeant Locke's fellow soldiers would have done everything they could to save his life.

"The soldiers of the special services regiment are very highly trained in combat medical procedures and they would have taken every effort and expended all their energy to try and save him," he said.

"He would have got the best care almost immediately."

General Leahy said Sergeant Locke had been an "inspirational'' leader who was highly regarded by younger soldiers.

He joined the army in 1991 entering the ranks of the 5/7 Royal Australian Regiment at Holdsworthy in Sydney.

He was soon identified as a "exceptional talent'' and was transferred to the elite SAS Regiment in Perth. This had been his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

"He was an inspiration and someone who younger soldiers looked up to.

"The nation today has lost a genuine hero. The army has lost a gallant and respected soldier," he said.

"Our Special Air Service Regiment have lost a comrade and a mate and his family have lost a loving husband and father.

"I can express my deep sympathy to the family of Sergeant Matthew Locke and express our desire to support them as much as we can through these difficult and tragic days."

Major-General Jeffery said Sergeant Locke, who is married with a son, had "a wonderful sense of humour and was very compassionate," Major-General Jeffery said.

"And I know that he will be missed not just by his patrol, but also by the whole regiment."

"For his family of course it will be a time of deep grief and we know, I think, just how they are feeling."

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Another Aussie injured in Afghanistan

November 03, 2007
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599...-29277,00.html

AN AUSTRALIAN soldier has been seriously wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, the Department of Defence says.

Sergeant Michael Lyddiard was serving with the reconstruction task force when the bomb was discovered.

"He was in the process of attempting to render the device safe when it detonated,'' defence chief Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said in a statement today.

"No other soldiers were wounded in the incident."

Sergeant Lyddiard was provided with emergency first aid before being evacuated to a field hospital at the Australian base at Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan's south-central Oruzgan province.

"Medical staff describe his current condition as serious but stable,'' Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

"Sergeant Lyddiard is receiving the best possible treatment from experienced trauma-care professionals.''

Sergeant Lyddiard's family has been told of his injuries.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Lyddiard, his family and friends,'' Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

The latest injury to an Australian soldier in Afghanistan comes just a day after the funeral of Special Air Service Regiment Sergeant Matthew Locke who died after being shot by the Taliban.
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Aussie commando killed

Craig Skehan
November 23, 2007
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/...753290508.html

A 26-year-old Australian commando has been killed in a fire fight with Taliban extremists in Afghanistan.

The soldier, Luke Worsley, from the 4RAR Commando unit based at Holsworthy, was shot dead at 7.30am today during an attempt to take a heavily defended Taliban position.

Private Worsley was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, having also served in East Timor in 2003.

Defence Force chief Angus Houston said he could not release specific details as it would jeopardise other troops.

“Private Luke Worsley, 26 years of age from Sydney, was killed by small arms fire at about 7:30 this morning, Canberra time, while participating in a planned and deliberate attack by our forces against Taliban leaders and their supporters in Oruzgan Province,” he said.

“This is a tragic day for the Australian Defence Force and most especially for Private Worsley’s family and friends.

"I extend my deepest sympathies to them on behalf of all members of the Defence Organisation.

“Defence is providing assistance to the family and will continue to support them through this very difficult time.

“The action in which Private Worsley died only concluded in the last few hours and was characterised by heavy, close quarter fighting.

"The SOTG [Special Operations Task Group] was conducting an operation to clear an identified Taliban bomb making facility in Oruzgan Province, when the soldier was hit by small arms fire."

He said no other troops were killed in the battle, during which Australian soldiers "acquitted themselves magnificently".

He said the Australian troops were after the makers of weapons called IED [Improvised Explosive Device] bombs, which were indiscriminate.

"We're going after these bomb makers, we are going after their leadership," he said. "We will not rest from that task."

He said the Taliban suffered substantial casualties.

Luke Worsley was "a greatly respected soldier and he will be sorely missed", he said.


This is the third Australian soldier death in Afghanistan since October.

Australian trooper David Pearce died on October 8 after the light-armoured vehicle he was driving in southern Afghanistan detonated what is believed to be a home-made bomb buried in a dirt road.

SAS Sergeant Matthew Locke was shot dead by the Taliban on October 25 and on November 3, Sergeant Michael Lyddiard was injured by a bomb he was trying to defuse.

Jake Kovco died while deployed in Iraq last April. A military inquiry found Private Kovco accidentally shot himself in the head.

Opposition leader Kevin Rudd has maintained his commitment to have a staged withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq by mid next year.

Prime Minster John Howard would keeps troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition to the deaths, more than 50 Australian soldiers have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to The Sunday Age.

The paper found about half of the injuries were serious enough to require treatment in Australia.

In addition, a Freedom of Information request found that the Defence Force has been sending younger troops into the Middle Eastern Area of Operations.

The Australian reported that the proportion of Australian soldiers in Iraq aged under 25 had increased by about 8 per cent since 2003.

At the same time the proportion of troops in their 30s is decreasing, the paper reported.

Figures showed that in 2003 only 1.8 per cent of soldiers were aged 18 or 19; by 2006 it was 3.4 per cent.

And while the deployment originally had 20.7 per cent of soldiers aged 20-24, it now has 26.9 per cent in that age group.

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