Category Archives: Australian Special Forces Operations

AUSTRALIAN SPOOKS HUNT DOWN DIGGER’S KILLER

Thursday October 3 2013 – Elite Australian super spies made the breakthrough that led to the capture of a fugitive Taliban “sleeper” wanted for murdering three Diggers in a cold-blooded ambush. Rogue Afghan soldier Sergeant Hekmatullah may face the death … Continue reading

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SPECIAL FORCES ALLEGEDLY CUT OFF DEAD INSURGENT’S HANDS

Saturday August 31 2013 – Australian elite special forces soldiers are being investigated over claims they cut the hands off at least one Afghan insurgent’s body to identify him by his fingerprints. A “potential misconduct” investigation against members of the … Continue reading

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DEFENCE ANNOUNCES END TO COMBAT DUTIES IN AFGHANISTAN – Tuesday August 13 2013

– Australia’s elite special forces will help train afghan counterparts next year but will not carry out raids against the Taliban – effectively bringing to an end Australian combat duties. Defence announced yesterday that Australia had struck an agreement with … Continue reading

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ARMED FORCES BOARDED TAMPA FOR PM HOWARD’S POLITICAL GAIN: COMMANDER – Tuesday July 9 2013

– A former SAS deputy commander who led troops to forcibly board the MV Tampa in 2001 says the armed forces were used for domestic political gain by John Howard. Peter Tinley, now a Western Australian Labor MP, says his … Continue reading

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SAS PROPOSAL UNDER ATTACK – Tuesday July 9 2013

– Moves by the Australian government to use special forces to board merchant vessels carrying asylum seekers could spark international diplomatic incidents, a law of the sea expert said. ANU’s Professor Don Rothwell was responding to opposition immigration spokesman Scott … Continue reading

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AVENUE OF HONOUR TO NEVER FORGET THE DIGGERS OF AFGHANISTAN – Sunday June 23 2013

– One by one their names were read out, all 39 of the Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan. “Sergeant Andrew Russell, Special Air Service Regiment, died 16th February 2002,” intoned retired Major-General John Cantwell, former commander of Australian forces in … Continue reading

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INQUIRY OFF FOR SOLDIER – Tuesday June 18 2013

– Defence won’t hold a public inquiry into the death of Sergeant Blaine Diddhams, who died in Afghanistan last year. Sergeant Diddhams, of the Special Air Service Regiment, was killed in July while on his seventh tour. A Defence Department … Continue reading

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HEROES FORGED IN THE HELL OF BATTLE – Friday May 10 2013

– “It was tense, hot and arduous…kill or be killed.” For sniper team leader Sergeant Garry Robinson – a veteran on his third deployment to Afghanistan – it was the most intense fighting he had experienced. The commandos were surrounded … Continue reading

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ABBOTT MEETS VC BEN – Monday May 6 2013

– The political rumour hounds were set loose yesterday when Victoria Cross winner SAS Colonel Ben Roberts-Smith met Opposition Leader Tony Abbott behind closed doors. Perth-based Col. Roberts-Smith, in Geelong for a function, requested the secret hour-long meeting. Mr Abbott … Continue reading

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PACKING FRENZY AS DIGGERS PREPARE FOR HOME – Monday May 6 2013

– A dusty yard on Kandahar Airfield base in Afghanistan’s south is cluttered with the detritus of a long war: A couple of crates of used military boots awaiting shredding sit by rolls of never-used barrier material, to be sold … Continue reading

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