Warning that Australia could be hit by suicide attacks similar to those carried out inb London and defending his military deployments abroad, Prime Minister John Howard is heading for the United States and Britain with terrorism and Asian security high on the agenda. Already assured of a warm welcome from close allies President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair for his steadfast support in the “war on terrorism”, Howard takes with him a pledge to send 150 elite troops to Afghanistan ahead of September elections there. Howard, who also has some 900 soldiers in Iraq, has dismissed suggestions that the new deployment announced Wednesday could put Australia at greater risk of a terror attack. Full Story
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