The Australian Defence Force is scheduled to give a press conference about an "incident" in Afghanistan overnight An Australian soldier has died during a three-hour firefight with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said the 28-year-old Lance Corporal, who was married and had a young family, was on patrol in the Green Zone when fired upon by a number of insurgents yesterday morning (local time).

Immediate first aid was given, but the soldier was unable to be saved. His family has specifically requested that his name is not released at this stage.

This brings the total to 21 dead. All the Taliban have done is pissed us off. VERY bad mistake. :mad: