Taliban celebrate the death of Diggers on Twitter

As the family and loved ones of Sapper James Martin prepare to farewell the Australian soldier, the Taliban has taken to Twitter to glorify a rogue Afghan accused of killing him and two other diggers in Afghanistan. The Taliban posted a photo of former Afghan army sergeant Hekmatullah on Twitter last week. It shows him … [Read the full story]

Taliban inflict revenge attacks for burning Korans

The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the blast in the city of Jalalabad, stating it was in revenge for the burning that has caused an outcry in Afghanistan, triggering a wave of demonstrations and killings. About 40 people have been killed in protests and related attacks since the incident became known last Tuesday, including four … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 2001

On this day in 2001, less than a month after al-Qaida terrorists flew commercial jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, President George W. Bush announces that American troops are on the offensive in Afghanistan. The goal of Operation Enduring Freedom, as the mission was dubbed, was to stamp out … [Read the full story]

I’ll attack after I’ve applied my lip-stick

A nation that sends its women into front-line combat, into close infantry, hand-to-hand fighting and killing, is a nation that either doesn’t take combat seriously or doesn’t take respect for women seriously. This wretched decision to make all combat roles in the Australian military available to women moves Australia closer to both outcomes. It will make … [Read the full story]

Star of Gallantry awarded to Australian soldier for action in Afghanistan

An Australian soldier based in Perth has been awarded the second highest military medal behind the Victoria Cross. Sgt D won the Star of Gallantry in the same incident in which Perth SAS trooper Jason Brown was killed in an ambush on August 13th 2010. Minutes after Brown was cut down by a burst on the machine-gun … [Read the full story]

Biggest bomb disposal of Afghan War so far

Bomb disposal heroes have carried out their biggest operation of the Afghan War…clearing a booby trapped village so driven out families could return. Eighty soldiers spent eight days doing a fingertip search of one time Taliban hotspot Char Coucha, which was riddled with home made bombs. More than 40 families have now been able to … [Read the full story]

Army dog dies of a broken heart after his owner was killed by Taliban

L/Cpl Tasker was the 358th serviceman killed in the conflict while his dog Theo was the sixth British military hound to die in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. In life, they were united in their tireless work saving countless British soldiers in Afghanistan. In death, they were united in tragedy. Shortly after Lance Corporal Liam … [Read the full story]

Australian war hero receives the Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross for Australia has been awarded to a sniper from the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) at a ceremony at Campbell Barracks in WA on the weekend. Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG (‘RS’) was awarded the Commonwealths top military honour for bravery for his actions in a 13 hour long firefight in … [Read the full story]

Soldier braves bullets to save wounded Afghan girl

An innocent Afghan girl, gunned down by the Taliban, was saved by Corporal Aran Rushe of the Irish Regiment. He braved a hail of bullets to rescue little Sheefa, aged 8. Sheefa was treated and then air-lifted to a nearby hospital. It all happened when soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment were providing assistance … [Read the full story]

The Kuran burnt in memory of 911

Widespread anger over desecration threat marking ninth anniversary of 9/11 and its timing – a day after end of Ramadan Threats by a US church to burn the Qur’an to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks – which coincides this year with the end of the holy month of Ramadan – have been … [Read the full story]