Friday, September 28, 2007

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.


Blogger John Aristides said...

No Australian soldier was wounded. Says a lot, don't it?

9/28/2007 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

The Aussies LOVE that song that says "It's all right / It's okay / Australia's just a suburb / of the USA!"

Just kidding, I don't think they love it.

American has no closer ally, where we share our working man equality, than Oz. That far away continent's commitment to the wars of the West over the last century are beyond compare.

9/28/2007 08:43:00 PM  
Blogger 3Case said...

Auzzie! Auzzie! Auzzie!! Oy! Oy! Oy!!

9/28/2007 09:20:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Looooooove the Aussies!

This is the second reported battle in the last couple of weeks where the Taliban were reported to have been sending in reinforcements to replace their dead fighters as the fight was going on.

I wonder how long it will take before some really bright Talibani notices that it's not working and retires it as a tactic.

9/28/2007 11:30:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The Taliban strategy reminds me of a gambling strategy. Usually it works; but when it loses, it loses big.

The gambling strategy is to double one's bet whenever one loses. The idea is that when gambler does win, the gambler wins enough money to get back to no net loss. The dealer sees a player that doesn't ever seem to quit. The problem is that if the gambler never wins, the gambler loses everything.

The Islamofascist strategy seems to be to quietly replace dead fighters with live fighters. They keep raising the stakes, hoping we'll quit. Our soldiers (and public perception) sees an enemy that doesn't ever seem to quit. The problem for the Islamofascist is that when we win, they lose a lot of fighters.

But whither public opinion? Will they see an enemy that doesn't seem to quit? Or an enemy that's trying to beat the house?

9/29/2007 01:03:00 AM  
Blogger John J. Coupal said...

Islamofascists supposedly have an oversupply of cannon fodder. We'll see.

9/29/2007 06:48:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is a good place to start with -

The open source intel suggests that AQ is getting turned into mincemeat bigtime in both Paki and Afghanistan. Of additional note, the Western disassembling media is absent from the scene, and I suspect by choice of the military. Good to hear. If I see another AP story about some Afghan "wedding party" being bombed I'll puke.

9/29/2007 07:04:00 AM  
Blogger 3Case said...

Slaughter now or slaughter later.
Slaughter later = slaughter more.

May it be that we are getting to conduct slaughter now. If that is so, we can't have Western journo-weenie twits present at the slaughter, they will dissemble mightily (a la Gitmo/Abu Ghraib) in order to stop our work, which we can't have as it would interfere with our granting the jihadi dolts their wishes for paradise.

9/29/2007 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

A Quiet Triumph May be Brewing

9/29/2007 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger Louise said...

Go Diggers!!!!

9/29/2007 02:00:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

I wonder if these battles have anything to do with this report that the Taliban and al-Queda have parted company in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that we're currently pummeling Al-Q in Tora Bora so the point where they're asking their cells in Germany to blow something up to make the Germans take the heat off of them in Afghanistan.

Although that doesn't explain why Taliban would be throwing good bodies after dead ones, unless the fighters are actually A-Q with no where left to run.

9/29/2007 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...


9/29/2007 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

This is good news, it would appear. Probbaly means, at a minimum, there is some fracturing of the Al Queda- Taliban alliance. Remains to be seen if the politicians turn it into bad news and try to get the usual "peace with honor" deal.

I say wipe them out!

KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai's office said Sunday that there is "serious debate" among some Taliban fighters about laying down arms, while a spokesman for the militants said they will "never" negotiate with Afghan authorities until foreign troops leave.

Clashes and airstrikes, meanwhile, killed 16 people, capping a week that saw more than 270 people die in insurgency-related violence.

Karzai said Saturday he would be willing to meet personally with Taliban leader Mullah Omar and give militants a position in government in exchange for peace. Karzai spokesman Humayun Hamidzada on Sunday stressed that the militants would have to accept Afghanistan's constitution.

9/30/2007 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger LarryD said...

Did A'jad predict Armageddon at the UN?

It must be said that there is a real possibility that the martyrdom regime has planted retaliatory dirty bombs in various places around the world, to go off if Iranian targets are hit. A'jad has said that

"The anger of Muslims may reach an explosion point soon. If such a day comes [America and the West] should know that the waves of the blast will not remain within the boundaries of our region."

That warning could not be clearer. Retaliatory bombs could exist in small coastal freighters or other delivery vehicles in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, and in or near the US. The regime has been signing up hundreds of Basiji for martyrdom operations. Those are cheap cannon fodder for them, like the teenagers who were trained to move right into minefields in the Iran-Iraq war, wearing green plastic "keys to paradise" around their necks, to clear the way for assault troops. That is the environment in which A'jad developed his understanding of war.

10/01/2007 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Thank God for stupid enemies. If they don't know any better than to leave the Aussies alone, they deserve what they get.

10/01/2007 06:18:00 PM  

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