The Afghanistan War

By Bramwell who is at 5/6h and is a booooossssssssss!!!!!

9/11

On the 9th of September 2004 Osama bin Laden (fromer al-Queda leader) ordered 4 commercial airlines planes to be highjacked and flown into the Twin Tower buildings, the Pentagon and the White House. 3 out of 4 planes made it to their assigned targtes killing approximately 3'000 people all thogether. Every one on all 4 planes died when they crashed including all 19 high jackers.


South Tower - Plane struck 0903- United Airlines filght 175 departed from Boston heading for New York- Collapsed 0957


North Tower - Plane struk 0845- American Airlines flight 11 departed from Boston heading for New York - Collapsed 1028


West Side of the Pentagon - Plane struck 0937- American Airlines flight 77 departed from Washington D.C heading for LA - 125 deaths


United Airlines Flight 93 was the only plane that didn't reach it's destination. It was going to crash into the White House, Washington D.C. During it's flight, the highjackers took over... but not for long. Gay rugby player Mark Bingham and four other passengers made an attempt to overpower the controlling highjackers. They prepared scalding water and got the food trolley whilst the high jackers were busy with sorting out the planes controlls. They rammed the food trolley agaisnt the cockpit door untill a high jacker came out. They threw the water over him and a brawl broke out. Since no one was steering the plane, it went into a shallow dive until it crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Several movies and books have been made one of the most popular called 'The Heroes of Flight 93'.


Facts: The highjackers didn't take take off and landing flight training which led to some suspicion before the attacks.

Only 19 highjackers were present becuase the 20th highjacker never made it through airport security.


Today all around the world people remeber those who died and got injured in the attacks. This event later led to the death of Osama bin Laden and the invasion of US, Brithish and Australian forces in Aghnaistan.

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden was a former al-Queda leader and ordered the planes to hit symblic US landmarks on September 11. He admitted to the attacks in December 2004. US forces chased through the Aghan and Pakistani mountains known as Tora Bora. He was found in a hole cowarding by US Navy Seals were he was shot dead. He died on May 2nd 2011 at about 1300 local time. He was the 456th person on the FBI's most wanted list with 25'000'000 US dollars on his head. Operation Neptune's Spear (the pursiut of bin Laden) was the main objective of the United States since he presidency of Bill Clinton and went on until Barack Obama was president. His body was thrown into the sea within 24 hours of his death.

The beginning

On October 2001 Australia responded to the September 11 by deploying troops in Afghanistan to remove the Taliban and al-Queda from power. This was called Operation Slipper. So far we have abbolished al-Queda and nearly the Taliban. The ultimate goal for Operation Slipper is to destroy terrorisim from the world. With the help of the United States and some of its allies, we should be able to abbolish the Taliban before we soon drop out (about 2016-2025).



We deployed a Special Task Group and two F/18 Super Hornets.

2001-2006

The first Australian was killed on the 19th of February. Sergeant Andrew Russel's patrol vehicle struck and land mine killing him and wounding two others.

Operation Anaconda took place in the Paktia region on the border of Afghaistan. Over 500 Taliban were killed during this major offensive.

Operation Perth took place inthe Cohra district and was said to be the mos intense fight Australia has faced since the Vietnam War. The battle too nine days and saw 6 Australians wounded and approximatley 150 al-Queda and Taliban fighters killed. Australian Special Forces, Netherland Commandos, al-Queda fighters and Taliban fighters took part in this ferocious batttle.

Deaths

At least 40 Australian troops have died in the 14 years of conflict. Approximately 12'000 Taliban have been killed during the fighting.


Here is the list of all Australian armed forces KIA:


SGT Andrew Russell, SASR, died of wounds sustained when his patrol vehicle struck a anti-tank mine on 16 February, 2002.

TPR David Pearce, 2/14 LHR QMI, was killed when his ASLAV was struck by an IED on 8 October, 2007.

SGT Matthew Locke MG, SASR, was killed by Taliban insurgent small-arms fire on 25 October, 2007

PTE Luke Worsley, 4RAR(Cdo), was killed by Taliban insurgent small-arms fire on 23 November, 2007.

LCPL Jason Marks, 4RAR(Cdo), was killed by Taliban insurgent small-arms fire on 27 April, 2008.

SIG Sean McCarthy, SASR, was killed when the vehicle he was travelling in was struck by an IED on 8 July, 2008.

LT Michael Fussell, 4RAR(Cdo), was killed when struck by an IED during a dismounted patrol on 27 November, 2008.

PTE Gregory Sher, 1st Commonado Regiment, was killed in a rocket attack on 4 January, 2009.

CPL Mathew Hopkins, 7th Battalion, The Royal Aust. Regiment, was killed during an engagement with the Taliban on 16 March, 2009.

SGT Brett Till, Incident Response Regiment, was killed by an explosion during a route clearance task on 19 March, 2009.

PTE Benjamin Ranaudo, 1st Battalion, The Royal Aust. Regiment was killed as a result of an IED on 18 July, 2009.

Sapper Jacob Moerland, 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment was killed as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device strike on 7 June 2010.

Sapper Darren Smith, 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment died of wounds sustained during an Improvised Explosive Device strike on 7 June 2010.

Private Timothy Aplin, 2nd Commando Regiment died as a result of a helicopter crash on 21 June 2010.

Private Scott Palmer, 2nd Commando Regiment died as a result of a helicopter crash on 21 June 2010.

Private Benjamin Chuck, 2nd Commando Regiment died of wounds sustained in a helicopter crash on 21 June 2010.

Private Nathan Bewes, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment was killed as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device on 9 July 2010.

Trooper Jason Brown, SASR, died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained in an engagement with insurgents on 13 August 2010.

Private Tomas Dale, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment was killed as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device strike on 20 August 2010.

Private Grant Kirby, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment was killed as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device strike on 20 August 2010.

Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, was killed during an engagement with insurgents on 24 August 2010.

Corporal Richard Atkinson, 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, was killed as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device strike on 2 February 2011.

Sapper Jamie Larcombe, 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, was killed during an engagement with insurgents on 19 February 2011.

Sergeant Brett Wood MG DSM, 2nd Commando Regiment, was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device during a dismounted patrol on 23 May 2011.

Lance Corporal Andrew Jones, 9th Force Support Battalion, died of wounds as a result of a small-arms fire incident on 30 May 2011.

Lieutenant Marcus Case, 6th Aviation Regiment, died of wounds sustained in a helicopter crash on 30 May 2011.

Sapper Rowan Robinson, Incident Response Regiment, died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained in an engagement with insurgents on 06 June 2011.

Sergeant Todd Langley, 2nd Commando Regiment, was killed during an engagement with insurgents on 4 July 2011.

Private Matthew Lambert, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, died of wounds as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device strike on 22 August 2011.

Captain Bryce Duffy, 4th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, was killed as a result of a small-arms incident on 29 October 2011.

Corporal Ashley Birt, 6th Engineer Support Regiment, was killed as a result of a small-arms incident on 29 October 2011.

Lance Corporal Luke Gavin, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment died of wounds as a result of a small-arms incident on 29 October 2011.

Sergeant Blaine Flower Diddams MG, from the Special Air Service Regiment was killed during a small-arms engagement with insurgents on 02 July 2012.

Sapper James Martin, 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment was killed as a result of a small-arms incident on 29 August 2012.

Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (QM1), was killed as a result of a small-arms incident on 29 August 2012.

Private Robert Poate, 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment was killed as a result of a small-arms incident on 29 August 2012.

Private Nathanael Galagher, 2nd Commando Regiment was killed in a helicopter crash on 30 August 2012.

Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald, 2nd Commando Regiment was killed in a helicopter crash on 30 August 2012.

Corporal Scott Smith, Special Operations Engineer Regiment, was killed as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device on 21 October 2012.

Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG, 2nd Commando Regiment was killed on operations in Afghanistan on 22 June 2013.

Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey, 2nd Commando Regiment, died in a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan on 1 July 2014

<> The battle of chora <> in and around the town of chora <> june 15-19 2007 <>

During Operation Slipper some shootings took place around the town of Chora (approx 3'000 people) about land and a suicide bomber lept into a patrol vehicle killing on Dutch and several Afghan civilians. It involved the Taliban, Afghani police and Dutch forces. Since the Afghani police and the Dutch are the USA and Australia's allies we had to help out.

It resulted int he death of one American, one Australian, two Dutch and 16 Afghan soldiers, as well as approximately 58 civilians and 71 Taliban fighters.

2008 & 2009

3 Australians are badly wounded including 6 others not so severly in an ambush agaisnt Taliban insurgents on their patrol. Trooper Mark Donaldson is awarded the Victoria Cross (the highest gallantry medal) on the 16th of January. He became the first Australian in 40 years to get the VC. He was in a patrol vehicle along with many others until nearby military jeep got hit by a rocket propelled grenade. Three Americans got blown out of their vehicles. Survivors jumped out of the vehicle along with others in other jeeps. They found eachother in a deadly ambush by Taliban insurgents. Fighters were poisitned everywhere with heavy mounted machine guns. About 3 hours into the battle, Mark saw in injured Afghan interpreter lying on the dirt bleeding from a bad head injury. He ran out, exposing himself to mortar shells and many bullets. He retreived the Afghn interpreter from the battlefield.

Australian Special Task Forces killed at least 80 Taliban members in an operation in Helman provience. 4 Aussies were wounded and one explosive disposil expert was killed.

Heavy fighting broke out during Operation Shak Hawel when the Taliban unsucessfuliy tried to ambush Australian troops. No Australian soilder got wounded or killed but insurgent casualties were 20 killed and 20 wounded.

2010 & 2011

Australian Special forces are called to Gizab in northen Uruzgan by elders. The soilders confront heavy fighting becuase of an uprising against the Taliban government. During the uprising, locals of Gizab captured three Taliban fighters but in retaliation about a dozen Taliban insurgents were sent over to kill everyone. With the town's local defence forces, the Australian Special Forces and the Australian Air force F/18 Super Hornets, the town was cleared and there were several insurgent deaths.

Australian Special forces troops kill over 100 Taliban fighter is a major offensive in the Saha Wali Kot district in Kandahar province. Corpral Ben- Roberts Smith was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the heavy fighting and he becam on of the most famous veterans in the modern world.

Three Australians and a US pilot are killed when their UH-60 Blackhawk crashed in norhten Kandahar province. Every one else aboard was injured. Three hours of intense CQB was experienced by Australian and Afghan forces. AH-64 Appache attack helicopters prvoided cover from the air but lost contact when the Aussie and Afghan forces inflicted heavy casualties agaisnt the ingurgents, forcing them to retreat into the mountains. One Australian soilder was killed however Taliban deaths were heavy. A CH-47D Chinook crashed over Zabul province. One Australian died and five others were injured. The dead Australian and most of the helicopter turned to ashes in the exploison. Australins induced heavy fighting during the Batle of Doan.

During the October 30 incident, an ANA soilder turned his gun agaisnt Australian and Afghan troops. Three Australians and 1 Afghan interpreter were killed in what was said to be the bloodiest thing in the Afghanistan War and the worst thing experienced by the ADF since the Vietnam War.