A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bravo, Australia

AFP: Australia to send 200 more troops to Afghanistan---

CANBERRA (AFP) - Australia will send an additional 200 troops to Afghanistan to work with Dutch-led reconstruction teams to help rebuild the war-torn nation, Prime Minister John Howard said.

Howard said the Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel would be sent to Afghanistan in late July for a two-year mission, bringing the total number of Australian troops in the country to about 500.

"It will be part of a Netherlands-led provincial reconstruction team. The ADF contribution will be a mixed security and reconstruction task force," Howard told reporters on Tuesday.

Australia helped US forces oust the former Taliban regime in late 2001, then sent back 190 special forces troops last August for a 12-month tour of duty to counter growing rebel attacks.
A good ally.