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The body of the first Australian soldier to be killed in Iraq was scheduled to arrive in Melbourne this morning, but in what the Defence Department said is a "terrible mistake", the wrong body has been returned.

The body of Private Jake Kovco is due to be given a service in Gippsland with full military honours, but the coffin that arrived in Melbourne this morning contained the wrong body.

The 25-year-old private accidentally shot himself while cleaning his weapon in Baghdad on Friday.

He was a member of the 110-strong security detachment in Iraq's capital to protect Australian officials.

The Defence Department said the return of Private Kovco's body to Australia "has been delayed".

It said in a statement that an error occurred in Kuwait and the incorrect casket was despatched.

The department said Private Kovco's body will be flown to Australia immediately, by private charter if necessary.

It said the cause of "this unacceptable, terrible mistake" will be the subject of a thorough investigation, and "no stone will be left unturned" to get to the bottom of the mix-up.



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Shot himself while cleaning his weapon?!?! Lets hope he didn't have any children so the stupidity ends there.



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Shot himself while cleaning his weapon?!?! Lets hope he didn't have any children so the stupidity ends there.



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That's harsh but I'm gonna have to agree with you on that one.
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Shot himself while cleaning his weapon?!?! Lets hope he didn't have any children so the stupidity ends there.



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mstrand_68, you are an a***hole. this guy was serving in Iraq, fighting your stupid war, and he has left a wife and 2 kids. your insensitivity is unbelievable!!!
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Cleaning a weapon without safely removing the magazine and ensuring the chamber is clear is what is unbelievable.

As far as "our" war is concerned...the fight against terrorism is being waged by all civilized nations of the globe against maniacal murderers killing in the name of religion...but thanks for participating anyway.

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Cleaning a weapon without safely removing the magazine and ensuring the chamber is clear is what is unbelievable.

As far as "our" war is concerned...the fight against terrorism is being waged by all civilized nations of the globe against maniacal murderers killing in the name of religion...but thanks for participating anyway.

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i agree the magazine etc. should have been removed/cleared , but mstrand_68 waas pretty low in saying what he said. who knows what his situation was, what he was thinking/feeling. i feel that a little more compassion could be shown for his family and not making some flippant remark regarding his children (of which he has 2 and thankfully they probably wont be reading any of these posts.)

as for the war against terrorism, again i agree that something has to be done, but i feel the focus in iraq has been lost. it appears, in my humble opion, that it was to hard to track down bin laden and so the focus has been shifted away from him and onto a war that if things arent brougth under control soon the situation will develop into another viet nam.

and as for rolling your eyes at me, belt it up your ars*!
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Bye strand, not nice to know you. You continued to push the ban line, now you crossed it. So long, have a crappy one.

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Military service is voluntary in most countries of the world and I imagine this young man was in Iraq because he took a job as a soldier. His death and the entirely avoidable accident that killed him are tragic...but it doesn't lessen our need to bring the fight to the violent terrorist monsters.

If decent and free countries didn't have a military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, the frontlines would be in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra instead. Not to mention New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Budapest, Warsaw, Vienna, Stockholm, Dublin, and a bunch of other cities where generally sane people reside. Hey, at least they're not beheading Christians in Vienna like they are in Baghdad.

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i agree the magazine etc. should have been removed/cleared , but mstrand_68 waas pretty low in saying what he said. who knows what his situation was, what he was thinking/feeling. i feel that a little more compassion could be shown for his family and not making some flippant remark regarding his children (of which he has 2 and thankfully they probably wont be reading any of these posts.)

as for the war against terrorism, again i agree that something has to be done, but i feel the focus in iraq has been lost. it appears, in my humble opion, that it was to hard to track down bin laden and so the focus has been shifted away from him and onto a war that if things arent brougth under control soon the situation will develop into another viet nam.

and as for rolling your eyes at me, belt it up your ars*!

Ah, f*ck all that. You agree that trend has a point, but feel offended by how he said it. Get over it. I'd see you point if he said something like that to the widow, children, or friends. But he didnt. Lets not push the "respect for the dead" thing too far. No one here knew the guy, no one knows what he was like, dying doesnt make someone perfect, and it certainly doesnt take away our free speech. As far as I'm concerned your "up yours" comment is considerably more offencive, considering it was directed at a live person that can actually be offended by it. Lets not censor humanity in the name of political correctness.

As for your iraq comments do some research before you start running your mouth. Which country gave $10,000 to the family of every palestinian suicide bomber? Which country built a nuclear program? which country used chemical weapons on its own population? Which country expressed interest in cooperating with al-quada? Iraq. Or did you think if we just catch bin laden all the rest of the jihadis would put away their bombs and go drink some java at starbucks?



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