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04/09/2008 MECC 286/08
 
 
 
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SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK GROUP SOLDIERS WOUNDED IN AFGHANISTAN - UPDATE

 

An Australian Special Forces soldier who suffered life-threatening wounds in a recent battle (2 September) with Taliban extremists will be evacuated to Germany today for further specialist care.

The other eight soldiers wounded in the incident continue to be treated in Afghanistan.

Defence spokesperson Brigadier Brian Dawson said he was pleased to be able to report that the condition of some soldiers has improved.

“Following medical treatment, two of those listed yesterday as being seriously wounded are now considered by doctors to be in a fair condition and that is encouraging.  We do, however, remain deeply concerned for the soldier who will be transferred to Germany later today,” Brigadier Dawson said.

“Our thoughts are now with the families of these wounded men as they cope with the separation from their loved ones at this difficult time.”

The most recent status of the wounded soldiers is:

·        One soldier remains in a critical condition. He is being moved from Tarin Kowt to US medical facilities in Germany today for further specialist medical care.

·        Three soldiers remain in a serious condition and continue to be treated in ISAF medical facilities at Tarin Kowt.

·        The five remaining soldiers are now categorised as being in a fair or good condition.

The ADF is working closely with all families to ensure that they are updated as information is available and provided with additional support that they may require.

Defence will not be releasing personal details of the wounded soldiers and requests that the media respect the privacy of their families.

Defence will not provide further information on this incident at this stage as Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) operations are ongoing and release of additional information could jeopardise the safety of those who remain in the field.

Further details of the ADF commitment to Afghanistan can be found at: http://www.defence.gov.au/opslipper

 

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