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By: Ian McPhedran

March 30, 2011

The five-year-old was shot when a joint Australian-Afghan patrol was engaged by four insurgents on Sunday.

When the smoke cleared one insurgent fighter lay dead and the boy was found by the Australian troops in a critical condition, suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest.

Immediate first aid was applied and he was flown to hospital at the Australian base in Tarin Kowt before being transferred by air with his father to a medical facility at Kandahar air base. (more…)

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By: Ian McPhedran

March 30, 2011

AN Afghan boy was critically injured in a deadly gun battle between Australian troops and insurgents in Afghanistan.

The five-year-old was shot when a combined Australian Special Operations Task Group and Afghan Police Provincial Response Company patrol was engaged by a four-man force on Sunday.

When the smoke cleared, one insurgent fighter lay dead and Australian troops found the boy in a critical condition having been shot in the chest. (more…)

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By The Australian Government

Australia will provide $2.4 million for prosthetics and the rehabilitation of Iraqi landmine survivors and other victims of conflict.

This assistance through the United Nations Development Programme builds on our existing support for mine clearance activities across Iraq, through which more than 9.4 million square meters of land has been cleared. It will continue to prevent injuries from landmines and other explosive remnants of war, and help and support survivors.

Australia will also donate 10 Australian-made landmine detectors to the United Nations in Nepal to help clear 45 minefields across the country and reduce the risk of death and disability.

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By ABC Radio Australia News

Australia’s defence minister, Joel Fitzgibbon, says the government is still considering paying compensation to the families of five children killed during a gun battle in Afghanistan.

The Defence Force is investigating an incident last month in which five Afghan children were killed during a gun battle involving Australian troops.

Mr Fitzgibbon says he is confident Australian soldiers were operating within the rules of engagement.

“There is an ongoing investigation and it of course would not be appropriate to talk about changing our rules of engagement until we know the outcome of that investigation,” he said.

Mr Fitzgibbon says the government is still considering paying compensation to the children’s families.

He says any civilian death makes it harder for coalition forces to win the war.

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by Reuters

CANBERRA:Australia has paid compensation to the family of an Afghanistan district governor killed in a firefight involving Australian special forces soldiers, the head of Australia’s military said on Wednesday. (more…)

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