Aus to withdraw from Afghanistan by end of 2013

Aus to withdraw from Afghanistan by end of 2013

Defence Minister Steven Smith says Australia is on track to transition away from a combat role in Afghanistan by the end of this year.

In the last update on the situation in Uruzgan province, it was reported most Australian frontline troops would be brought home by the first quarter of 2014.

But in his first public address of the year today, Mr Smith has said this deadline has now been brought forward, and Australia will hand over complete control to Afghan forces in Uruzgan by the end of 2013.

He says the main mission for defence in the coming year is establishing what role Australia will play in Afghanistan beyond this phase.

He says Australia may need to provide a Special Forces contribution, to help meet the country’s ongoing security needs.

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