Australia’s remaining military personnel in Afghanistan are soon expected to leave alongside their NATO-led coalition colleagues, in coordination with a US decision to withdraw its forces before September 11 this year.
The Biden administration has discussed with allies its plans to formally end an almost 20-year military commitment to Afghanistan which began after the 2001 terror attacks on the United States.
According to the Defence Department, “Australia currently contributes around 80 defence personnel in Afghanistan” as part of Operation HIGHROAD.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed his government had been discussing withdrawal plans with the United States and other allies.
“Without going into national security matters…