On the 30th of August it was announced that five Australian soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan in the previous 24 hours, in two separate incidents. Two SAS soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash and three soldiers were killed when a member of the Afghan armed forces turned his gun on them.
These deaths highlight why we are travelling to Swan Island Military base between the 23rd and 27th of September to non-violently disrupt the war machine through blockading the base and other peaceful actions.
The war has now claimed 38 Australian lives since 2001. However it is not just the deaths of Australian soldiers we mourn. The subsequent raid on an Afghan village of Sula in Oruzgan Province by Australian SAS troops resulted in the deaths of two more Afghans, adding to the many thousands killed since the war began.
Although many of Australia’s troops are planned to be withdrawn, there are no plans to withdraw the SAS who under an agreement announced this year with the Afghan Government will stay on indefinitely in Afghanistan.
The Swan Island military base is a key SAS training ground and home to the SAS 4 regiment who work closely with ASIS, the Australian spy agency.
For four days we will be peacefully targeting this base to demand that all Australian troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan including our Special Forces and that we end our military alliance with the U.S. to prevent Australia from being dragged into more U.S. wars of aggression.