Tag Archives: Australian Special Forces

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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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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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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CORPORAL NOT QUITTING – Tuesday February 12 2013

– Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith has denied reports he is quitting the army to pursue a business career. News Ltd reported on Monday the SAS soldier was among a growing number of highly skilled soldiers leaving the army … Continue reading

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VC HERO SOLDIERS ON – Tuesday February 12 2013

– Australia’s most decorated serving soldier, SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, has announced he is taking extended personal leave but says he will never walk away from the SAS. The Victoria Cross recipient released a statement saying he had not resigned … Continue reading

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A FAREWELL TO ARMS – Monday February 11 2013

– SAS soldier and Victoria Cross hero Ben Roberts-Smith is leaving the army to pursue a business career as the post-Afghanistan exodus of elite soldiers hits alarming levels. The most high profile departure yet of a special forces operator comes … Continue reading

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