An elite Australian soldier was killed in a traffic accident while on a training exercise in the Middle East, the defense department said Monday.
The department did not identify the soldier or where in the Middle East he was killed. The chief of the Defense Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said the soldier had been struck by a vehicle.
Australia sent a contingent of 190 commandos and elite Special Air Service Regiment soldiers to Afghanistan ahead of elections on Sept. 18 to help stem rising Taliban and al-Qaida-led violence. They are to serve in Afghanistan under U.S. command for a year, AP reports.
In response to the unlawful December 1 arrest and detention of Chinese tech giant Huawei's chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities in Vancouver at the behest of the Trump regime, facing possible unacceptable extradition to the US, Beijing warned its high-tech personnel last month against traveling to America unless it's essential.
Rescuers found the pilot of one of the two Su-34 fighters that had collided in midair in the Far East on January 18