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Australian Defence Forces in Afghanistan

MEDIA RELEASE Minister for Defence

Australian Defence Forces in Afghanistan

Federal Defence Minister Robert Hill today confirmed an advance party of Australian troops arrived this morning (Australian time) in Afghanistan.

"The advance party of Australian troops has arrived in Afghanistan and the remaining party will be arriving within the next day or so," Senator Hill said.

Australian Forces will operate with US Forces in Southern Afghanistan to assist in the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaida networks.

Australian Forces will operate under Australian command and their tasking will be coordinated through a Coalition command centre.

At this stage, the duration of the operation is not known, but Senator Hill said it could continue for several months.

"The Australian Forces are well prepared and trained for these tasks," Senator Hill said.

"We wish them well in this important mission."

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