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Sydney-based commando Todd Langley, 35, has become Australia's 28th war casualty in Afghanistan
during a push into enemy territory.


ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: Australian troops are tonight engaged in a rolling operation against the
Taliban with no time to pause after the death of one of their own.

Thirty-five-year-old Sydney based commando Todd Langley has become the country's 28th war casualty
in Afghanistan.

He died in a push into enemy territory.

A second Australian soldier fighting in the same operation was also shot but survived.

Greg Jennett reports.

GREG JENNETT, REPORTER: The dismal duty of the Defence Chief.

DAVID HURLEY, CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCE: It's with great sadness that I'm here this morning to
advise you that an Australian soldier was killed in Afghanistan.

GREG JENNETT: His sombre pronouncement came on only the general's second day in office.

DAVID HURLEY: The 35-year-old from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment sustained a gunshot wound
to the head.

GREG JENNETT: Sergeant Todd Langley was one of the most experienced commandos in Afghanistan. On
his fifth tour there, he was helping clear an enemy stronghold. They opened fire. He fell. And
couldn't be saved.

STEPHEN SMITH, DEFENCE MINISTER: A heavy blow and a heavy burden for our Defence Force and for our

GREG JENNETT: Australian troops took a double blow. In a separate incident on the same operation, a
second soldier was shot. He's in Kandahar in a serious but stable condition. Defence is giving no
further information on what or where the operation was. It's still being waged.

DAVID HURLEY: There are quite a number of enemy casualties. That detail will come out in the
wash-up of the operation.

GREG JENNETT: Sergeant Langley's death brings Australia's losses in the war to 28, but behind that
number lies a trend. Eight have come from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Unit: troops in high
rotation and constant demand.

They're not only losing their men, they're also losing much-needed battle experience.

STEPHEN SMITH: That loss of experience is not just a short-term tragedy; it's a long-term blow to
the commandos and to our capability.

GREG JENNETT: But they're needed and won't be spared.

JULIA GILLARD, PRIME MINISTER: I'm firmly convinced that our mission in Afghanistan is in our
national interest.

TONY ABBOTT, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: We best honour the fallen by remaining true to the cause
they served.

GREG JENNETT: United ... until 2014 at least.