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Minister for Defence expresses condolence for family of killed soldier.



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SENATOR JOHN FAULKNER Minister for Defence

www.defence.gov.au

Sunday, 19 July 2009 010/2009

MINISTER FOR DEFENCE EXPRESSES CONDOLENCE FOR FAMILY OF KILLED SOLDIER

The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner has expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the soldier killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan yesterday.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family, friends and comrades of this young Australian,” Senator Faulkner said.

“Our country has lost a brave and dedicated serviceman, but they have also lost a loved one, a family member and a friend.

“The nation’s gratitude and sorrow, heartfelt as it is, cannot reach the magnitude of their loss.

“Our thoughts are also with the injured soldier and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“We are engaged, with the international community, in a very, very challenging campaign and I remind you all that this fighting will become more fierce as the summer progresses.

“Our troops in Afghanistan are doing a dangerous and difficult job. At moments like this the danger and difficulty is brought home starkly to us all.

“For them, it is everyday reality. And they face those challenges with the professionalism and dedication that are the hallmarks of the ADF wherever they may be.

“The continued use of mines and improvised explosive devices by the Taliban is an insidious aspect of this insurgency. The devices are by their very nature designed to kill and maim indiscriminately.

“IEDs are responsible for a substantial number of civilian and ISAF casualties each month in Afghanistan. This tragic loss again demonstrates the indiscriminate and callous approach shown by the Taliban for their fellow Afghans.

“As difficult as this news is, we must never forget the direct impact that terrorists have had in our own region, and on the lives of our fellow Australians.

“In the past Afghanistan has been the training ground for terrorists that have killed innocent Australians in attacks such as Bali.

“That is why we remain committed to stabilising Afghanistan,” Senator Faulkner said.

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