Tour of Duty: Australia’s Secret War

For the first time ever, Australia’s most secretive soldiers have invited a TV crew to document them in Afghanistan.

This exclusive documentary, over three years in the making, follows investigative journalist and four time Walkley winner Chris Masters as he goes deep into the field with the Special Air Services Regiment, the SAS.

The most comprehensive account of these elite forces in action, cameras accompany the Special Forces on several missions inside enemy lines, including night raids on Taliban hotspots, to a high risk undercover operation to destroy a multi-million dollar Taliban drug lab.

Australian Special Forces soldiers, some of whom have been wounded in action, talk candidly of their experiences, about the dangers of working with allies who can turn on them, and on their views of progress in Afghanistan, as the transition phase evolves towards local control.

The cameras are there on a key date in this conflict, that of the tenth anniversary of September 11th, the day that changed the world and marked the start of this war on terror.

On making the documentary, Chris Masters says: “This program is a first in many ways. It is the first time news cameras were allowed to follow Australian Special Forces into action; the first time we see the Afghanistan war from their perspective and talk to the normally secretive SASR, Commandos and IRR at what passes for a front line. It is also the first time in my view, that at last in Afghanistan we see the fight being taken to the enemy.”

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  1. rob killing people its not a job get a life

  2. I’m an Aussie with a friend whose dad is in the SAS. They are good soldiers (some of the best) but at the end of the day they are just doing their job. I think the war is ridiculous and I would not be surprised if he agreed. At the end of the day war is about politics so don’t give the soldiers a hard time. Complain to your government if you have an issue with what is going on.

  3. 100% Aussie propaganda. I’ve worked with their predecessors in a not too distant  conflict and they are very proffesional soldiers who deserve accolades; however, they are not supermen they are regular soldiers who act and speak like regular soldiers. I wonder if many of these soldiers interviewed were possibly actors; or, if not they were definately reading from a script.

  4. Check out part 5/6  time 5:00 – 5:04 What the f#@! ??

  5. “Kia Mate Toa” is the motto of my Battalion  the 4 Otago Southland Battalion, along with ” Fortune follows the brave” and of course “who dares wins” it sums up the training, dedication, and outright guts it takes, what an excellent documentry, what brave men and women, as a grunt it was nice to hear the SAS troopers and the commandos give the sappers the recognition they also deserve.  To all Aussies, Kiwis Americans and allied forces and the civilians and children, who unfortunately are also a by product of war and terroism, that have died. lest we forget.

  6. I believe it is completely unethical to invade a foreign country  whom you have nothing against and enforce your principles with bullets. All this ignorance and violence will get the world nowhere.

    • Panos. Afghanistan government invited us there. It was not invaded like Iraq was. Finally through invited intervention the Taliban are agreeing on talks after all these years. I agree with you re invasion, but like i said this was no invasion.

  7. right on Aussies. We Canadiansare with you

  8. @
    NAND Gate, wth are you talking about… 

  9. Thats just how we fuckin roll. Aussies: Dont you ever fuckin forget us. We are more professional, more disciplined, more determined and better trained.

    EDIT: See if you can keep track of the number of facially scarred, still serving soldiers.

  10. rough documentary …. politicians start wars and unfortunately men like this are left fighting them.