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Australia to decide on Afghan military mission this year

Australia to decide on Afghan military mission this year

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Apr 25, 2016 - 10:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Australian government would take a decision later in the year on its military mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a top commander said on Monday.

Australia remained committed to the long-term security of Afghanistan to ensure that it did not once again become a sanctuary for terrorists," she said.

“Our government will take a decision this year on what our footprint is militarily after 2016,” Brigadier Cheryl Pearce told journalists at the Kabul International Airport.

Pearce, commander of Task Group Afghanistan and Australia’s most senior woman military officer, identified security improvement in Afghanistan as the top most priority for her country.

Security would enable the Afghan people and government to have a future free of terrorism and insurgency, added the commander, whose country has lost 43 military personnel in Afghanistan.

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