Melbourne: Australian Defence Minister
John Faulkner has indicated a possibility of bringing back
some troops home from war-torn Afghanistan in next two years.
According to ABC, the government has stressed the
mission for Australia`s trainers in Afghanistan - who make up
about half of the 1550-strong commitment - will be completed
once troops have fully trained the 4th brigade of the Afghan
National Army in Oruzgan province.
An assessment of the expected timeframe to train the
Afghans, so they were capable of taking charge of security,
had been completed recently, Faulkner said.
Defence Force chief Angus Houston had provided advice
that on the basis of solid progress to date Defence now
estimated that within two to four years Australian would be
able to transition the main security responsibility to the
Afghan National Army in Oruzgan province.