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Another achievement from Australian special forces in Afganistan.



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Senator the Hon David Johnston Shadow Minister for Defence I Senator for Western Australia Media Release ANOTHER ACHIEVEMENT FROM AUSTRALIAN SPECIAL FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN Australian special forces in Afghanistan have continued with their outstanding contribution in the fight against terrorism by capturing the senior Taliban militant Ahmad Shah following a gun battle in Oruzgan Province. Shadow Defence Minister David Johnston said Australians should all be proud of the contribution that our defence forces are making in Afghanistan, but particularly singled out the efforts of our special forces in tracking and capturing Ahmad Shah - a significant Taliban figure. “Ahmad Shah is the second major Taliban figure to be captured by our special forces in as many months as they also recently captured senior Taliban militant Mullah Bari Ghul, a man responsible for a number of suicide bombings in Afghanistan,” Senator Johnston said. Senator Johnston said an attachment of Australian special forces was also credited with the tracking, locating and killing of another senior Taliban militant, Mullah Akhtar Mohamed. “These achievements underline the huge contribution that Australian forces are making in the Middle East.” Senator Johnston said the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul recognised the outstanding efforts of the Australian special forces by stating that the most recent arrest of Ahmad Shah would “significantly disrupt” attacks in Oruzgan Province. 2/10/2008 Media contact: Rebecca Horton 0427 449 120 Rebecca Horton Media Adviser I Senator the Hon David Johnston Shadow Minister for Defence I Senator for Western