Four Corners - Careful War, A

Two soldiers lost in action in 2010 were Sapper Jacob Moerland and Sapper Darren Smith. Four Corners spent a month with Australian troops, much of it with their company. They were there on the day Jacob and Darren were hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Reporter Chris Masters asks the men on the frontline if Australia is making headway in this brutal conflict, and if the pain they suffer is worth the gains they are making.

They are called Mentoring Team Alpha, part of Mentoring Task Force 1 (MTF1) - a company of Australian soldiers backed by engineers whose job is to wage war against the Taliban in the Miribad Valley in Afghanistan. Fighting the Taliban is only part of their job. They must also protect the local people as well as train the Afghan National Army. We meet the soldiers from Team Alpha as they prepare for their deployment. We see their own recordings shot on helmet-cam during fire-fights with the enemy. Then, joining them at their base, we travel with them on patrol as they go about their job.

Through this soldier's-eye view of the war we come to understand what it means to obey an order that says you cannot fire until you have been fired on, and to appreciate what it's like to know that every time you leave base you face the constant threat of attack from an unseen enemy.

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90 mins
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