Australian troops in Afghanistan
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.