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Australia to Send 30 Additional Troops to Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: May 29, 2017)

Australia has announced to increase its troop level by 30 in Afghanistan to help train Afghan forces in the fight against the Taliban and other insurgents.

The move was announced by the country’s defense ministry on Monday following a formal request from the NATO and the United States.

“Given the centrality of Afghanistan in the global fight against terrorism, an enhanced Australian contribution to the Resolute Support mission is both timely and appropriate,” Austrian defense minister Marise Payne told a Senate committee on May 29.

The country expects other nations to also commit additional forces.

“We expect other partners to also enhance their contribution to the Resolute Support mission,” Payne added.

Currently, Australia is having 270 troops in Afghanistan, all in non-combat roles.

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission consists of 39 nations with around 13,500 troops, which aims to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions.

U.S. military officials have recommended sending at least 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan to break a “stalemate” and the country have requested its allies for contribution.

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