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Losses In Afghanistan

  • August 25th, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

afghanistan-australia-flag4.jpgCasualties have continued to mount in the conflict during the Afghanistan Summer; another  Australian soldier has died.

Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney, 28, from the Brisbane-based  6th Battalion, lost his life in a three-hour contact with Taliban insurgents.

The troops were part of the Mentoring Task Force in Southern Afghanistan, where two other soldiers from the same battalion, 6-RAR, were killed last week (20.8.10; see Euaustralia “Two Australians killed …”, 21.8.10).

The loss follows another day in which allied forces reported a fresh toll of casualties (23.8.10), including the deaths of two French soldiers, one from Hungary and another from the United States.Early news of the latest Australian casualty came in a dispatch from the AFP agency, quoting the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force), that two foreign soldiers had been killed in Southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, bringing to 13 the number of troops killed in the country since the weekend.

The dispatch continued: “An American soldier was killed by a bomb in southern Afghanistan, and an ISAF soldier whose nationality was not disclosed was killed in fighting against insurgents, also in the south, the NATO-led force said.”

Some 1000 Australians are deployed with ISAF, the civil reconstruction and military formation headed by the NATO alliance.

Twenty-one Australians have lost their lives in the campaign, ten since the start of the current Summer, a time of year when conflict is expected to intensify there.

More than 140 have been wounded.

Reference

Defence Department – Australia, Canberra, “Australian soldier killed in Taliban firefight”; “Family pays tribute to fallen soldier”, 25.8.10.
http://www.defence.gov.au/index.cfm, (25.8.10).
Sardar Ahmad, AFP Kabul, “Two NATO soldiers, eight civilians killed in Afghan violence”, 25.8.10. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jf28EcPA_QmrIOoRi64IYOfnj8_g, (25.8.10).

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