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Australia in Afghanistan for at least two more years

Broadcast: 23/06/2010

Reporter: Tony Jones

Defence Minister John Faulkner has outlined a possible timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Transcript

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: After a fortnight in which five diggers were killed, Australian troops in
Afghanistan have been given a clearer picture of how long they'll have to stay in the war zone.

The Defence Minister, John Faulkner, has for the first time outlined a possible timetable for
withdrawal starting in the next two to four years.

The withdrawal depends on how long it takes for Australian forces to fully train their Afghan
replacements.

JOHN FAULKNER, DEFENCE MINISTER: I am deliberately not providing a precise timeframe for you. I
haven't been given, provided with a precise timeframe by the ADF (Australian Defence Force) for
very good reasons. This depends on a number of factors not the least the conditions on the ground
in Afghanistan

In the meantime Australia's mission will rely, more than ever, on America.

The United States is stepping in to replace Dutch troops pulling out of Uruzgan province.