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Australia is sending more troops to Afghanistan amid fears of a Taliban resurgence in the war-ravaged country.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Tuesday that a 300-strong unit from the elite Special Operations Task Group will be sent to Oruzgan province in Afghanistan along with another 75 Royal Australian Air Force personnel who will operate radar surveillance of the airspace around Kandahar.
Howard said the move is in response to the deteriorating security situation in the country.
THE Federal Government's decision to send an extra 375 Australian Defence Force personnel to Afghanistan recognises the country is once again teetering on the edge of the abyss.
Prime Minister John Howard said all the advice suggested the security situation in that war-ravaged country was likely to deteriorate once the spring weather made movement possible.
Labor immediately supported the deployment but Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd used the occasion to criticise the decision to withdraw troops late in 2002.
Originally posted by Flighty
We have a federal election coming up in at the end of the year and Howard is just playing politics for us domestically. He always does this when an election is looming....he brings the fear factor out....this year he's using the Taliban...
Full text: /38qkgb
Canada considers troop withdrawal from Afghanistan
Tuesday 13th February, 2007
Canada was Tuesday considering withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan after sustaining heavy losses in the volatile south, according to an interim report by the Canadian Senate committee on national security and defence.
Canada should consider its withdrawal, if it does not receive greater support from other NATO forces, the Senate committee recommended, according to the Globe and Mail.