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Australian troops could begin pulling out from Afghanistan in the coming months and may have exited the country almost entirely by the end of next year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia said Tuesday.
That would mean that most of the more than 1,500 Australian soldiers in Afghanistan could have left a year earlier than the government had previously suggested.President
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That timetable puts Australian forces on a quicker withdrawal timetable than Gillard had previously described. In a speech to parliament in November, she had said that the transition in Uruzgan might well be completed before the end of 2014.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 12:36 AM