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WORLD NEWS 15
Army July 7, 2011
AFGHAN National Police and
Australian Special Forces personnel
killed four insurgents, including two dis-
trict-level commanders, during an opera-
tion in Uruzgan province on June 24.
The insurgent commanders, Mullah
Ghulam and Mullah Gharfour, were
killed by members of the Provincial
Response Company-Uruzgan and the
Special Operations Task Group (SOTG)
during an exchange of fire in the Shahid-e
CO SOTG said the removal of the
insurgent commanders would have an
immediate and significant effect on the
ability of insurgents to operate in northern
and western Uruzgan.
"Mullah Ghulam was deputy to the
Khod Valley district commander and a
senior IED facilitator," he said.
The other senior insurgent com-
mander, Mullah Gharfour, was also an
expert in the construction and placement
of IEDs, and trained numerous insurgents
in southern Afghanistan.
Both men had direct links to the senior
regional insurgent leadership.
"The removal from the battlefield of
these insurgent leaders will be a substan-
tial blow to insurgent command and con-
trol and will reduce their ability to wage
attacks against Afghan and ISAF forces
in this area," CO SOTG said.
One insurgent fighter was also cap-
tured. No Afghan or Australian troops
were wounded or killed during
THE Special Operations Task
Group (SOTG) has conducted a pri-
vate memorial service to mark the
one-year anniversary of the deaths
of three commandos in Afghanistan.
Ptes Tim Aplin, Ben Chuck and
Scott Palmer were killed in action
in a helicopter crash on June 21 last
year during operations in Uruzgan
The service was attended by mem-
bers of 2 Cdo Regt, SASR and IRR at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
CO SOTG said the service was a
fitting opportunity for deployed sol-
diers to pay tribute to their fallen col-
leagues and celebrate their lives.
"The tragic incident last year
claimed three exceptional Australians
and severely wounded seven more,"
he said. "Ptes Aplin, Chuck and
Palmer were experienced and out-
standing soldiers who are still heavily
mourned by friends, family and the
Special Forces community."
Members of 2 Cdo Regt spoke
about the lives and achievements of
the three men, before prayers and a
Pte Aplin, 38, was on his second
deployment to Afghanistan as a team
demolitions specialist and had com-
pleted previous tours to East Timor
Ptes Chuck and Palmer, both 27,
were serving on their third deploy-
ments to Afghanistan.
"These three commandos died
serving their nation, their family
and their mates. They will always be
remembered," CO SOTG said.
Uruzgan SOTG pays tribute
Remembering mates: Chap John Sanderson reads a blessing at a SOTG service held at Multinational
Base Tarin Kot on the anniversary of the deaths of three commandos killed in a helicopter crash.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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