Australia — Combat imagery of Deh Rawud battle released

Defence has released imagery of the fierce fire-fight between insur­gents and a com­bined Afghan Nation­al Army and Aus­tralian Army patrol in which Lance Cor­po­ral Jared MacK­in­ney was trag­i­cal­ly killed.

The com­bat imagery, filmed by an Aus­tralian sol­dier using a cam­era mount­ed on his hel­met, vivid­ly demon­strates the inten­si­ty of the con­tact which last­ed more than three hours against a large num­ber of insur­gents, some of whom were less than 100 metres away. 

The com­bined ANA and Defence patrol used an aque­duct to move into the town of Derapet. 

Obser­va­tion from ADF ele­ments iden­ti­fied fight­ing-aged males mov­ing into the area while women and chil­dren were seen leaving. 

Afghan sol­diers fought side by side with their Aus­tralian coun­ter­parts and con­duct­ed their own bat­tle­field ammu­ni­tion resup­ply to remain in the fight. 

Aus­tralian sol­diers described their Afghan col­leagues as fear­less through­out the engage­ment. ISAF Close Air Sup­port in the form of Apache Attack Heli­copters sup­port­ed the Afghan and Aus­tralian forces by con­duct­ing mul­ti­ple straf­ing runs with a 30mm cannon. 

After approx­i­mate­ly three hours the Aus­tralian and Afghan patrol broke con­tact from the insur­gents and moved back to their vehi­cle drop-off location. 

Aus­tralian and Afghan sol­diers inflict­ed heavy casu­al­ties on the insur­gent force with a large num­ber of insur­gents known to have been killed. 

Media Note:
Vision will be fed to Par­lia­ment House this afternoon 

Media Note:
Video footage will be avail­able
http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/video/2010/Sep/video.htm and via our YouTube chan­nel http://www.youtube.com/user/ADFMedia?gl=AU&hl=en-GB.

Media Con­tact:
Defence media liai­son: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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