New Zealand has suffered its first combat death in Afghanistan after an IED killed Tim O’Donnell and seriously wounded two fellow NZDF soldiers and their translator.
This is an increasingly deadly war as the foreign forces slowly lose ground. They have suffered nearly two thousand dead now – more in the past two months than in the first 3 years.
Frustratingly one can only talk accurately in terms of international military casualities – no-one bothers to collect to number of Afghan dead on both sides, and civilians.
New Zealand has tasted a tragedy that is experienced many times over by the people of Afghanistan every day. The swooning over the macho pics of the SAS in Kabul looks kind of stupid now.