Australians Versus Taliban in 4 Hour Battle
The Australian Defense Forces report a four hour battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In their heaviest fighting to date, Australian soldiers with the Reconstruction Task Force (RTF) in Afghanistan have successfully repelled a prolonged attack by approximately 50 Taliban extremists.
Infantry Platoon Commander Lieutenant Glenn Neilson said the Taliban had established strong firing positions and were reinforced with more fighters as the attack progressed.
“We were engaged with some very accurate fire from a range of about 300m and there were a lot of bullets coming our way. Making use of all the weapons at our disposal, including the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV), we held our ground.”
The soldiers were also able to employ Dutch F16 fighter aircraft and Apache helicopters. Afghan National Army troops that were trained by Australian Forces in Oruzgan participated in the patrol and performed admirably.
“Together we neutralised the positions that were causing us trouble,” Lieutenant Neilson said.
Another Australian platoon supported the movement of RTF troops by providing essential covering fire as soldiers moved across hazardous open ground.
The Taliban are known to have suffered heavy casualties during the incident, but the ADF will not discuss specific details. There were no civilian casualties resulting from this incident. No Australian soldiers were wounded, nor was there any damage to Australian vehicles.
Some video footage is apparently going to be made available. So somebody had a camera going too.