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Australian troops leave Afghanistan

October - December 2013
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Published: 17 Apr 2012 | By Anne Cukier | Last updated: 12 Oct 2012
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Australia withdraws its troops from Afghanistan, while most international NATO troops are set to leave a year later.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the majority of the soldiers will be back home in the Australian election year. She announced the news on 17 April 2012 in a speech in Canberra.

Currently, Australia has around 1,550 soldiers in Afghanistan, of whom most serve in the Uruzgan region. Since 2001, 32 Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

NATO is slowly handing over security control to Afghan forces. By the end of 2014, all international troops are planned to have left Afghanistan.



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Created by Anne CukierCreated by Anne Cukier
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Modified by Georgeta GheorgheLast modified by Georgeta Gheorghe
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Location: Afghanistan
Expected date: October - December 2013
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Ended: 332 days ago

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Jon Boone has worked for the Financial Times since 2003 and was the paper's education correspondent between 2005 and October 200... moreJon Boone has worked for the Financial Times since 2003 and was the paper's education correspondent between 2005 and October 2007 before moving to Kabul to become an Afghanistan correspondent. Before joining the FT he worked for The Friday Times in Lahore, Pakistan, and helped launch its sister newspaper, The Daily Times, in 2002. While studying modern history at Oxford University he edited the Cherwell student newspaper.

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Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

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Kate Clark's involvement in Afghanistan goes back to 1999 when, as the BBC Kabul correspondent, she was the only western journal... moreKate Clark's involvement in Afghanistan goes back to 1999 when, as the BBC Kabul correspondent, she was the only western journalist based in the country. She reported on massacres, drought and war – and football matches and tourism, travelling widely on both sides of the frontline. She was expelled by the Taliban in early 2001, but returned as a frontline reporter during the 2001 war, contributing to award-winning coverage. After 2002, Kate was based in London, but continued to return to Afghanistan to report on the country, making radio and television documentaries about the insurgency, the political economy of weapons smuggling and opium, and war crimes. Her previous publications include joint authorship of the Chatham House paper No Shortcut to Stability: Justice, Politics and Insurgency in Afghanistan, and for AAN, The Takhar attack: Targeted killings and the parallel worlds of US intelligence and Afghanistan, and The Layha: Calling the Taleban to Account. Kate has an MA in Middle Eastern Politics from Exeter University in Britain and previously worked in the BBC Arabic Service. She has also lived, studied and worked in the Middle East.

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May Jeong is a freelance correspondent based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has worked for the Toronto Star, Beirut's Daily Star, t... moreMay Jeong is a freelance correspondent based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has worked for the Toronto Star, Beirut's Daily Star, the Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters, and the Globe and Mail. Her works have appeared in Toronto Life and the New York Times.

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