In memory of and sympathy for
9 wounded: 3 women, a 12-yr old girl, (with shrapnel wound in her stomach), her younger brother, and 4 others
in the morning of January 5, 2009
in a village in the Baluchi Valley close to Tarin Kot, in the Chora district of Uruzgan Province. Australian Special Forces burst into a mud-walled compound and immediately came under fire. The alleged target of the raid, a Mullah Rashid, had escaped before the attack. The Australians admitted a mortar round had gone astray. The raid resulted in 11 dead civilians and another 9 wounded, all members of Bari Dad’s family and residents of the village of Qala-Naw.
And what was the official Australian reaction? The daily, The Australian, reported
Australia’s Defence chief Angus Houston was in Afghanistan to console and congratulate the troops that moved against Taliban insurgents last week. "It is quite clear you made them pay for the death of a comrade," Air Chief Marshal Houston told the special forces soldiers at their Tarin Kowt base in southern Afghanistan. He praised them for continuing the operation in a professional manner despite Private Sher's death. "The results they achieved were nothing short of spectacular," he said after the speech. Air Chief Marshal Houston confirmed one of those killed in the operation was prominent Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Rasheed. "They actually got the leader who we think orchestrated all of this," he said. "They went into an area (where) this guy was the leader. They got him."
In late May 2009, a Australian Defence Force inquiry report concluded that Australian fire was “unlikely” to have killed the Afghan civilians and that a “Taliban rocket and grenade” had more likely killed the civilians.
and wounded in an Australian ground assault