Australia Extends Military Mission in Afghanistan Into 2017

Australian Government has vowed to continue financial aid and military mission to Afghan government. Australian government has been supporting Afghan forces financially and militarily for years to bring peace in Afghanistan.


The government has intended to extend its military support in Afghanistan for next six months to mid-2017.
Australia has pledged ongoing funding of $US100 million ($A133.66 million) a year through to 2020 to support Afghan security forces.

Mr Turnbull said Australia had been a leading contributor to sustaining Afghan national security forces, with a total commitment of $US500 million ($A668.32 million) from 2010 to 2017.

Earlier Australia had announced to put halt on its military support by the end of 2016 but now the government has decided to extent its support for the next six months.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, ‘It is vital to continue to build the capacity of the Afghan security forces to defend the Afghan people against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.’
Their major activity is mentoring at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul.

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