Four Australian soldiers injured in Baghdad rocket attack

August 14th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Four Australian soldiers injured in Baghdad rocket attack

Media: AFP
Byline: n/a
Date: 14 August 2006

SYDNEY - Four Australian soldiers were injured Monday in a rocket attack in
the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the military chief said.

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, head of the Australian Defence Force, said
the troops were injured Monday morning when the rocket was fired into the
fortified international zone.

Three male soldiers had already been discharged from hospital while a female
soldier remained in hospital in stable condition, he added.

"She has got injuries consistent with a blast and lacerations to the head,
internal injuries, bruising and obviously some shrapnel injuries as well,"
Houston added.

Australia contributed 2,000 troops to the US-led invasion which ousted
Saddam Hussein in early 2003 and still has about 900 troops in the country.

Conservative Prime Minister John Howard, a staunch ally of US President
George W. Bush, has given no timeline for the withdrawal of Australian
troops despite public opposition at home to their presence in Iraq.

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