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Three Australian soldiers wounded
UPDATE: Australian troops have been offered extra protection following another shooting by a rogue Afghan solDier, in which three Diggers have been seriously injured.
Defence says it's too early to speculate if the latest incident is linked to last week's attack where an Afghan officer killed three Australian soldiers.
The hunt is on to find the gunman involved in last night's incident.
Defence Chief David Hurley says Coalition forces are dealing with a very complex environment and they do need to find out what's going on.
EARLIER: Three Australians have been injured in Afghanistan after another Afghan soldier opened fire on fellow troops.
The shooting happened at a military base. Two Afghan soldiers were also wounded, although all of the soldiers have suffered non-life injuries.
James Brown from the Military Associate at the Lowy Institute says despite recent incidents it's too early to say if Australians are being targeted.
He says both the Chief of the defence force, and soldiers in Afghanistan, believe they are still making progress.
*Scroll below tribute section to hear Laurie Oakes and Neil Mitchell*
Captain Bryce Duffy - Killed on October 29th, 2011 - Aged 26
Captain Bryce Duffy was Shot by a "rogue" Afghan national who opened fire on Australian troops at their base at Tarin Kowt.
Captain Duffy was a well known and highly-regarded young officer. He was recognised by his commanders for his strength of character, determination and diligence.
Lance Corporal Luke Gavin - Killed on October 29th, 2011 - Aged 27
Lance Corporal Gavin was Shot by a "rogue" Afghan national who opened fire on Australian troops at their base at Tarin Kowt.
Lance Corporal Gavin was a highly-respected member of the 2nd Battalion. He was acknowledged by his superiors for his positive attitude and loyalty.
Corporal Ashley Birt - Killed on October 29th, 2011 - Aged 22
Corporal Birt was Shot by a "rogue" Afghan national who opened fire on Australian troops at their base at Tarin Kowt.
He was a great mate to his many colleagues and well liked by all.
Private Matthew Lambert- Killed on August 22, 2011 -Aged 26
Private Lambert is survived by his spouse and parents.
He was killed when a land mine exploded in Tarin Kwot.
Sergeant Todd Langley - Killed on July 4, 2011 - Aged 35
The 35-year-old sustained a gunshot wound to the head and died on the battlefield from his wounds.
The devoted family man was on his fifth tour of Afghanistan and had previously completed two tours in East Timor.
Sapper Rowan Robinson - Killed in action June 6, 2011 - aged 23
The 23-year-old, from the Incident Response Regiment, was killed during an operation which uncovered a "massive cache" of weapons, including 70 anti-personnel mines, in Helmand province yesterday.
He was shot by insurgents and evacuated by helicopter but succumbed to his injuries.
Lieutenant Marcus Sean Case - Killed May 31st, 2011- aged 27
Lt Case's dream was to serve on the front line in Afghanistan.
He was killed in a helicopter crash which also injured five other Australian soldiers.
"Marcus was born to fly and spent a lifetime dedicated and focused on achieving his goal of being an army combat aviator," his family said. "Marcus was also the sparkle to his No.1 fans, his Mum and Dad."
Lance Corporal Andrew Gordon Jones- Killed May 31st, 2011- aged 25
Lance Corporal Andrew Gordon Jones, 25, from Queensland, was one of two Australian soldiers to lose their lives in separate incidents in Afghanistan on the same day.
It is believed Lance Corporal Jones was shot while on guard duty with the ANA soldier at a patrol base north of Tarin Kowt, the capital of Oruzgan Province.
Sergeant Brett Wood- Killed in action May 23, 2011- aged 32
Sergeant Brett Wood, 32, was conducting clearance operations in southern Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated, killing him and seriously wounding two others.
Sergeant Wood was awarded the Medal for Gallantry in 2006 after leading a commando team in extremely hazardous circumstances in the Chora Valley.
Sapper Jamie Larcombe- Killed in Action February 19, 2011 - aged 21
Sapper Larcombe was born in Kingscote, South Australia, 1989. Jamie joined the Army in 2008 and successfully completed his recruit and combat engineer basic training in 2008 prior to being posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment based in Darwin.
Described by his army mates as dependable and genuine, whose country upbringing instilled a wisdom that was respected.
Corporal Richard Atkinson- Killed in action, February 2, 2011 - aged 22
Corporal Atkinson was born in Hobart in 1988. He joined the Army in 2007 and in the same year successfully completed his recruit and combat engineer basic training prior to being posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment based in Darwin.
He was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2009 and displayed strong leadership in bringing his section together during their preparation for operations in Afghanistan. His dedication to his section was rewarded with his promotion to Corporal just prior to their deployment.
Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney- Killed in action, August 24, 2010 - aged 28
Twenty-eight-year-old Lance Corporal MacKinney was from the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
Lance Corporal MacKinney leaves behind a loving family, his wife who is expecting their second child, and beloved daughter, Annabell. His family is currently receiving support from Defence.
Lance Corporal MacKinney was killed in action during an intense fire-fight with Taliban insurgents on the morning of 24 August (Afghanistan time).
Private Grant Kirby- Killed in action on August 20, 2010 - aged 35
Private Kirby was born in Nambour, Queensland in 1975. He joined the Army in 2006 and in the same year successfully completed his recruit and infantry basic training prior to being posted to the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
This was Private Kirby’s first deployment to Afghanistan, although he had deployed previously to East Timor and Iraq.
Private Tomas Dale- Killed in action on August 20, 2010 - aged 21
Twenty-one-year-old Private Dale was from the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
Private Dale was born in Lancashire, the United Kingdom in 1989. He immigrated to Australia with his family in 2003 and lived in Adelaide, South Australia. He joined the Army in 2007 and in the same year successfully completed his recruit and infantry basic training prior to being posted to the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. This was Private Dale’s first operational deployment.
Trooper Jason Brown- Killed in action on August 13, 2010 - age 29.
Twenty-nine-year-old Trooper Brown was from the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment.
Trooper Brown was born in Sydney, NSW in 1981. He joined the Army on 13 June, 2000 and following Recruit and Initial Employment Training, Trooper Brown was posted to the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.
This was his first tour to Afghanistan, although he had deployed previously on three occasions to East Timor.
Private Nathan Bewes- Killed in action on July 9, 2010 - aged 23
Twenty-three-year-old Private Nathan Bewes was from the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
Private Bewes was born in Kogarah, New South Wales in 1986. He joined the Army in 2005 and in the same year successfully completed his recruit and infantry basic training prior to being posted to the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. This was his second deployment to the Middle East.
Private Benjamin Adam Chuck- Killed in action on June 21, 2010 - aged 27
Twenty-seven-year-old Private Chuck was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.
Private Chuck was born in Atherton, Queensland in 1983. He joined the Army on 11 May, 2004 as part of the Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme. Private Chuck was the Patrol Medic within his sniper team. He was suited to this role as his affectionate and caring nature drove his passion for helping his mates.
Private Scott Travis Palmer- Killed in action on June 21, 2010 - aged 27
Twenty-seven-year-old Pte Palmer was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.
Private Palmer enlisted in the Australian Army in 2001. his was his third tour to Afghanistan and was serving with the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG). His professionalism was of the highest order and he excelled at everything he did. Private Palmer loved his job and working alongside his mates.
Private Timothy James Aplin- Killed in action on June 21, 2010 - aged 38
Thirty-eight-year-old Private Aplin was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.
Private Aplin was an outstanding and dedicated Commando who was highly respected. This was his second tour to Afghanistan and he was serving with the SOTG as a team demolitions specialist.
Sapper Darren James Smith, 2ND CER- Killed in action on June 7, 2010 - aged 26
Sapper Smith's military career commenced as part of the Army Reserve enlisting 29 November 2001 and completing recruit training in January 2002, serving as part of 3rd Field Squadron, South Australia.
Sapper Smith has also been awarded the Australian Defence Medal, and was born in Adelaide.
Sapper Smith’s dog was Herbie, a 3-1/2 year old Collie Cross.
Sapper Jacob Moerland, 2nd CER- Killed in action on June 7, 2010 - aged 21
Sapper Jacob Moerland, 21, was from Brisbane-based 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment.
As part of his tour he has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp International Campaign against Terrorism (ICAT), NATO Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Along with the awarding of his AASM.
Private Benjamin Ranaudo- Killed in action on July 18, 2009 - aged 22
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. 11th Australian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. He was a member of the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force.
He was tragically killed by a bomb when preparing to search a compound north of Tarin Kowt.
Sergeant Brett Till - Killed in action on March 19, 2009 - aged 31
Sergeant Till enlisted in the Australian Army in 2001 and was allocated to the Corps of Royal Australian Engineers following recruit training. Sergeant Till trained as a Combat Engineer and served with a number of units, including the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and the School of Military Engineering.
Brett was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with ICAT clasp, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Australian Defence Medal and NATO ISAF Medal.
Corporal Mathew Hopkins- Killed in action on March 16 2009 - aged 21
Matthew was in the 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He was the 9th Australian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.
A member of the mentoring and reconstruction taskforce, killed in firefight with Taliban near village, 12 kilometres north of Tarin Kowt.
Private Gregory Michael Sher- Killed in action January 4, 2009 - aged 30
Greogory was in the 1st Commando Regiment, the 8th Australian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.
He was South African-born, from the Sydney-based 1st Commando Regiment, killed as a result of indirect rocket attack in Oruzgan Province.
Rifleman Stuart Nash, British 1st Batallion- Killed in action on 17 December 2008 - aged 21
Rifleman Nash was fighting as a member of the British Rifles Regiment.
At the funeral, Brigadier Jeremy Robbins from the British High Commission described Rifleman Nash as a promising young soldier, instantly popular, committed and loyal, with a good sense of humour.
The young Australian had only finished his training with the British Army three months before his death.
Lieutenant Michael Fussell- Killed in action on November 27, 2008 - aged 25
4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, the 7th Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.
He was killed during an operation against Taliban insurgents in Oruzgan Province after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated.
Signaller Sean McCarthy- Killed in action on July 8, 2008 - aged 25
A Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), the 6th Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.
He was killed after wounded by improvised explosive device. Two other Australian soldiers and one soldier from another country wounded. Signaller McCarthy was born in New Zealand.
Lance Corporal Jason Marks- Killed in action on April 27, 2008 - aged 27
Part of the 4RAR commando unit, the 5th Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.
He was killed in battle with Taliban fighters in Oruzgan Province. Four other commandos wounded.
Private Luke Worsley- Killed in action on November 23, 2007 - aged 26
Part of the Special Operations Task Group, the 4th Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Killed by small arms fire while participating in a planned and deliberate attack by our forces against Taliban leaders and their supporters in Oruzgan Province.
Sergeant Matthew Locke- Killed in action on October 25, 2007 - aged 33
He was a Special Air Service Regiment, the 3rd Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.
He was also killed by Taliban fighters in Oruzgan Province.
Trooper David Pearce- Killed in action on October 8, 2007 - aged 41
A member of the Reconstruction Task Force, the 2nd Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.
He was killed and another soldier seriously injured in roadside bomb attack in Oruzgan Province.
Sergeant Andrew Russell- Killed in action on February 16, 2002 - aged 33
A member of the Special Forces Task Group, the 1st Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan.
He was Killed when the vehicle in which he was travelling struck a landmine in southern Afghanistan.
PLAY: Laurie Oakes speaks to Neil Mitchell
These afgan soldiers go through the most stringent security checks to be allowed to be on an Aussie base and carry military weapons amongst Aussie soldiers. Those arriving by boat and walking amongst us and our children DO NOT go through such security screening. Look over your shoulder Australia as they walk amongst us. The Government is letting them in and paying them to be here.Rodney Thursday 10 November, 2011 - 1:00 AM
Vera, you are so ignorant.
Tell me, are you Aboriginal or did your family come from somewhere too?
Maybe your grandparents or your great grandparents but they have all come from somewhere.
Don't think that we don't have "migrants" in our armed services. Who do you think they have pledged their allegence to?
Stop now before you dig yourself in a bigger hole.
You are simply a racist without any facts to support you. I have already told you not to lump all migrants with the leaky boat arrivals but you seem to be too stupid to get it.Peggy Wednesday 9 November, 2011 - 3:58 PM
For every small arms projectile that is expended someone makes a dollar. For every dumb missile someone makes $15000. For every smart missile $100000. The devices to fire these projectiles generates trillions for someone. The food, the vehicles to transport troops, the medical supplies, the support services and it goes on and on and on. The simple fact is that NOTHING generates as much revenue through consumption than wars. And NOTHING else can allow so many dedicated services to be sustained. They simply do nothing else other than service wars. But forget about trying to add up the trillions made by the various service providers because that is not the big picture. EVERY ONE OF THESE SERVICE PROVIDERS BORROWS CAPITAL IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE. EVERY NATION INVOLVED BORROWS THE CAPITAL TO FIELD THE TROOPS. EVERY NATIONAL AGENCY BORROWS CAPITAL TO REPATRIATE THE DEVESTATED NATIONS. So who is the winners. THE SHYLOCKS ARE THE WINNERS TO THE TUNE OF HUNDREDS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Besides the people who die in the process, who are the losers. The poor pathetic Labradors of the world who point blank refuse to take action to prevent these disgraceful events from occurring. Yes that means YOU. THE BILL FOR FINANCE IS ALWAYS SERVICED BY THE TAXPAYERS. If we consider the size of Afghanistan and the number of troops in the nation and the time they have been there then perhaps we should ask how it is possible the Heroin trade has not been significantly curtailed. I wonder who is financing the drug trade. Get you head out of your arms and stop being a Labrador. Examine facts, reject inane propaganda and lets look at how we can fix this problem before we become the next target.The Labradors Will Pay The Bills Wednesday 9 November, 2011 - 1:45 PM
What are you on about Peggy?
Show me any migrant who raves on about MY country and I am bloody well sure they are NOT talking about Australia, they are referring to the country they have bolted from overseas. They have no loyalty here.Vera Wednesday 9 November, 2011 - 1:45 PM
As our soldiers die, our Gov allows there young men into our country threw the back door, yes im also very disturbed as to who is coming in and what they are capable of doing to us , in the near future.janet p Wednesday 9 November, 2011 - 1:35 PM
A country that is at War with itself, bring our soldiers home.janet p Wednesday 9 November, 2011 - 1:07 PM