Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Taliban resurgence sparks troop boost

`Australia will boost its military presence in Afghanistan to more than 500 troops to counter an increase in violence from a resurgent Taliban.

Two Chinook helicopters and 110 special forces soldiers will be deployed to the troubled country, seen as a front line in the war against terror.

The Chinooks and their support crews will also aid reconstruction efforts, including supporting Australia’s 200-strong provincial reconstruction team, scheduled to be sent to southern Afghanistan in April.’

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