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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/five-diggers-killed-in-afghanistan/story-e6frf7jo-1226461361705

RIP to our brothers in arms. 

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Re: 5 Australian Army soldiers KIA in Afghanistan - 30 Aug 2012
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 10:21:46 »
RIP
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Re: 5 Australian Army soldiers KIA in Afghanistan - 30 Aug 2012
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 11:45:24 »
I hate reading this.  My deepest condolences to the family and mates of the fallen. 

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Re: 5 Australian Army soldiers KIA in Afghanistan - 30 Aug 2012
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012, 11:50:38 »
Losing soldiers is never easy, but it's made harder by the fact 3 of the 5 were killed by an individual in an ANA uniform.

Be at rest soldiers, you have done your duty.
I pray for strength for the families during this difficult time.
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Re: 5 Australian Army soldiers KIA in Afghanistan - 30 Aug 2012
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2012, 12:27:17 »
Crap!  Condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of the fallen  :salute: 
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Re: 5 Australian Army soldiers KIA in Afghanistan - 30 Aug 2012
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2013, 14:45:00 »
Bumped with the latest on the Board of Inquiry results from the ADF Info-machine re: the three killed by an Afghan soldier:
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Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, today released the Inquiry Officer Report into the deaths of three Australian soldiers at a small patrol base in the Baluchi area of Uruzgan province in Afghanistan on 29 August 2012.

Lance Corporal (LCPL) Stjepan Milosevic of 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, Queensland Mounted Infantry, Sapper (SPR) James Martin of 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment and Private (PTE) Robert Poate of 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment were murdered while serving on a mentoring mission with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment Task Group (3RAR TG).

“Although this report does not change the fact that the families of LCPL Milosevic, SPR Martin, and PTE Poate have lost a son, a brother, a husband or a father, it has served its purpose in finding out the facts of the incident,” Air Marshal Binskin said.

The Inquiry Officer concluded the three Australians were shot by an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier, now known to be former Sergeant (SGT) Hekmatullah, who fired from close range into the Australian administration area inside Patrol Base Wahab.

Based on the Inquiry Officer’s recommendations, the Chief of the Defence Force has referred the matter to the Chief of Army to consider administrative action against three individuals.

Disciplinary action was taken following the attack against two individuals concerning inappropriate dress of the piquet at Patrol Base Wahab.

The Inquiry Officer made 22 findings and six recommendations. Eleven of the findings relate to force protection. The Inquiry Officer found there were shortfalls in the decisions made and actions taken in establishing and maintaining security for our people.

However, on the evidence available, the Inquiry Officer was unable to prove or disprove whether the platoon’s force protection arrangements directly or indirectly created an opportunity for former SGT Hekmatullah to attack the Australian soldiers is unknown.

The Inquiry Officer also found that no Australian Defence Force or ISAF members were aware of any intelligence reports or other information concerning a specific insider threat existing at Patrol Base Wahab prior to the incident.

Air Marshal Binskin said implementing the recommendations began in April this year.

“Australia would continue to work with ISAF and our Afghan partners to find former SGT Hekmatullah who fled the patrol base immediately after the attack,” he said.

“Let me assure you we will not let this go. I would like to emphasise that we will not waver in our commitment to bring former SGT Hekmatullah to justice,” Air Marshal Binskin said.

Defence asks that media respect the privacy of the soldiers’ families.
More details in the redacted report (63 page PDF) here.
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Re: 5 Australian Army soldiers KIA in Afghanistan - 30 Aug 2012
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2015, 13:51:29 »
Bumped with the latest on the Board of Inquiry results from the ADF Info-machine re: the three killed by an Afghan soldier:More details in the redacted report (63 page PDF) here.
More of the latest ....
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Australian Defence Force chain of command failed to properly plan to protect soldiers on the ground from insider attack, ahead of the 2012 murder of three Australian Diggers by a rogue Afghan soldier, a Queensland coroner has found.

Lance Corporal Stjepan “Rick” Milosevic, Private Robert Poate and Sapper James Martin were relaxing after duty on a shared Afghanistan patrol base on August 29, 2012, when Afghan National Army soldier Sergeant Hekmatullah turned his gun on them.

Hekmatullah was just five metres away from the group of Australian soldiers when he fired 30 rounds of his M16 assault rifle at the men, who were playing cards and board games after a long day on patrol.

The Diggers’ platoon leaders had allowed the men, in the sweltering heat, to relax in their exercise clothes, and to mingle with the Afghan soldiers they were mentoring ....
.... and the ADF's response:
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Defence today acknowledged the findings from the Queensland Deputy State Coroner’s Inquest into the combat deaths of Lance Corporal Stjepan ‘Rick’ Milosevic, Private Robert Poate and Sapper James Martin.
 
The three Australian soldiers were murdered in an insider attack by former Afghan soldier, Sergeant Hekmatullah, at Patrol Base WAHAB in Afghanistan on 29 August, 2012.
 
Inquests are, by their very nature, distressing for everyone concerned, particularly for the families who have lost their loved ones. The death of soldiers on combat operations also exacts a heavy toll on their mates and commanders. Defence applauds the strength and courage of the families, as well as those who have relived the incident while giving evidence during the inquest.
 
Defence made every effort throughout the inquest to provide support and assistance to the families of Lance Corporal Milosevic, Private Poate and Sapper Martin, as well as the soldiers involved in this incident. Defence will continue to make this support available for all those affected.
 
Throughout the proceedings, Defence cooperated with the Coroner and worked closely with all parties represented at the inquest to ensure that, as far as possible, the hearings were conducted in public. Defence thanks the Coroner for his considered views and deliberations in relation to the complex inquest.
 
Defence continually reviews its training and procedures in response to lessons learnt from all incidents and inquiries into those incidents to minimise risk to combat operations, which are inherently dangerous.
 
Where a review or inquiry identifies safety or security issues, Defence will take action to address these issues.
 
The Chief of the Defence Force and the Chief of Army maintain their confidence in the leadership and actions of the members involved in this tragic incident.

Defence will not make any further comments until the Deputy State Coroner’s findings have been fully considered.
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