Sunday 28 Jul 2013

Australia has begun preparing to pull out of Afghanistan ahead of the closure of their main Australian Defense Force base in the country on December 31st.

Around 1000 soldiers will return home while 300 will remain in the country and move on to roles in Kabul and Kandahar including training.

Around 240 people have been brought in to help Australia withdraw.

Around three-quarters of the base has already been torn down, but the base’s gym will be left for Afghan forces.

No Australian weaponry, ammunition or armor will be handed over to Afghan forces – it will be destroyed or returned to Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a surprise visit to troops in Trinkot yesterday thanking troops for their service. It’s Rudd’s sixth visit to the country.

Forty Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001 and 257 have been wounded.

Source: 3 news.

Link: http://www.3news.co.nz/Australia-starts-Afghanistan-withdrawal/tabid/417/articleID/306645/Default.aspx.

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