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More Oz S.A.S. Troopers heading off

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    Elite troops to head for Afghanistan
    By Jesse Hogan
    July 13, 2005 - 12:53PM

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    Statement: Defence Minister
    Australia will send a taskforce of 150 troops, including SAS personnel, to Afghanistan for a year from September, Prime Minister John Howard said today.

    Prime Minister told a Canberra news conference that the commando troops would be in Afghanistan by September, and remain there for a year.

    Mr Howard said the deployment was needed to combat the Taliban's renewed influence.

    "We think it's important that the progress made in Afghanistan is preserved and consolidated, and that the resurgence of violence, and the resurgence of attempts by the Taliban to undermine the government of that country, are not successful," he said.

    Troops would come under the authority of US forces, and would be back in Australia by the 2007 Apec meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Sydney, which will require an enormous security effort.

    "It's fair to say that the progress that's been made in the establishment of a legitimate government in Afghanistan has come under increasing attack and pressure from the Taliban, in particular, and some elements of al-Qaeda," Mr Howard said.

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    Advertisement"We have therefore decided, in order to support the efforts of others, to support in turn the Government of Afghanistan, to dispatch a special forces task group, which will comprise some 150 personnel, comprising SAS troops, commandos and supporting elements."

    Sending the first troops could cost as much as $100 million, he said.
    "In relation to the SAS, the estimated cost is in the order of $50 to $100 million," he told reporters.

    "I don't have any cost estimated in relation to the PRT (provincial reconstruction team), because a final decision on that matter has not been taken."

    The deployment is supported by Labor and the Democrats, but opposed by the Australian Greens, who want any effort to be under the auspices of the United Nations.

    Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia, Mahmoud Saikal, had pleaded for troops, and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer had conceded that Australia was under pressure from the United States and Britain to boost its presence there, which right now is confined to one mine clearance officer in Afghanistan.

    And yesterday, Labor criticised the Government's foreign policy priorities, saying Afghanistan - which produces three-quarters of the world's opium - was the centre for world terrorism.

    It is opposed to Australia's continuing presence in Iraq and to a speculated increase in the nation's troops commitment.

    The size of the deployment is in line with predictions from a former commander of the SAS, Jim Wallace.

    Mr Wallace told ABC radio he had expected about 100 SAS troops, plus about 50 engineers and other workers needed for reconstruction and infrastructure development.

    - theage.com
     
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    Would be great if we [meaning all] could trust our polititions to show the same commitment as all of our forces have done in any of these problem areas in the world today.
     
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    They should never have wound back the troops there until Bin Laden was caught/dead.

    Some say the Pakistanis arent trying real hard to catch him
     
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