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Afghanistan: Australian troop withdrawal 'could start in two years'

From: PerthNow

AUSTRALIAN troops could be out of Afghanistan as early as 2013 under a timeline which sees training of the Afghan National Army continuing for up to four years, followed by a period of security backup of the fledgling force.

In a week when three Australian soldiers died in a helicopter crash – taking the Australian death toll in the nine-year war to 16 – Defence Minister John Faulkner warned more losses could be ahead.

“But we must stay the course,” he said.

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