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The result could be the deployment of up to 450 extra personnel and new capabilities, possibly including Black Hawk helicopters and an air defence radar team.
The Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has today refused to confirm the report, but admitted that a small scoping group would be sent to Afghanistan to determine if a larger commitment is needed to curtail a resurgent Taliban.
"I won't speak in any details about reports I've seen in the newspapers today," Dr Nelson said on Channel 7 this mo