i doubt aussie special forces were frustrated. more likely it's as dilbert says: they're on the other side of the world being sent to a theatre of combat with which they rightfully have fuck-all attachment or investment. it's a shooting holiday and a bit of adventure. what stake does australia have in the future of afghanistan? no surprises that a bunch of specially trained, over-armed meatheads go and plink a few goatfarmers. boredom is probably a bigger threat than frustration.
these aren't the people being sent out on recce and patrols, either, in long convoys, being targeted by IEDs. they were tasked, if i recall correctly, on dropping into areas to stop opium production. they're flown in by helicopter, catch a few peasants harvesting and processing poppies red-handed, and then murder a few. this is not a unit that has been stationed in helmand for 6 months and has lost 20% of its men, battle-weary, etc, etc.
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