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240 Australian troops to be stationed in Afghanistan: PM

Australia will send a 240-strong military team to Afghanistan to work with a Dutch-led reconstruction project in the country’s troubled south-central region, Prime Minister John Howard said. “The 240 personnel will begin going to Afghanistan in July and will proceed in appropriate numbers at an appropriate pace… over the weeks and months following that,” Howard told reporters on Monday. The deployment of Australian personnel to Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province was announced in February, but Howard said the size and composition of the force had now been determined following discussions with the Netherlands. Full Story

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