In what may help the public better understand the threats faced by front- line soldiers the Defense Department has released footage of Australian soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Aided by U.S. air cover Australian soldiers serving with the Reconstruction Task Force (RTF) in Afghanistan have successfully repelled a prolonged attack by a group of up to 80 Taliban extremists. This was the sixth sustained attack on RTF soldiers since July this year and involved their heaviest fighting yet. Read more here
In further news, the Afghanistan based Reconstruction Task Force (RTF) completed two major construction projects this week, with the opening of the redeveloped Tarin Kowt Hospital and the newly constructed Yaklengah Comprehensive Health Clinic.The two projects were opened and handed over to the local government by Commanding Officer of the RTF, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Jarvie, at a ceremony at the hospital on Sunday 16 September 2007. The US$700,000 Tarin Kowt Hospital project began in late 2006 and was completed on schedule this week by the RTF and local contractors.
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