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Monday, 18 January 2016 - 12:57
Australian Prime Minister announces Afghanistan troop increase on Kabul visit
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a small increase in the Australian troop commitment to the NATO-led force supporting the Afghan central government during a surprise visit to Kabul.

Australia, which lost 41 soldiers in Afghanistan during its more than 12-year involvement in the conflict following the US-led invasion in 2001, will commit 20 more personnel to the mission, bringing its total to 270.

Turnbull, speaking at the Australian Embassy in Kabul, defended the decision despite rejecting a request last week from US President Barack Obama to commit more Australian forces to the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

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