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Australia has participated in the International Security Force Assistance (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan for a number of years. The ISAF mission is now over and has been replaced by the Resolute Support Mission. Australia is continuing its support to Afghanistan through its participation in the Resolute Support Mission.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has played an important role in establishing security and goverance in Afghanistan. Since 2001 Australia has provided troops to the conflict. The ADF mentored the 4th Brigade in Tarin Kowt, Uruzghan, advised the 205th Corps in Kandahar, trained and advised the Afghan Special Security Forces, and provided trainers for the Afghan Air Force.

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CIA World Fact Book on Australia

Operation Slipper by Wikipedia

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Papers and Publications about Australia in Afghanistan

USAWC, "Australia's Lessons", Parameters, United States Army War College, pages 49-64. An article about Australia's lessons learned from the Afghan conflict.

Smith, Mark. "Analyzing the Effectiveness of Australian Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) after 15 years of 'Small Wars'", Small Wars Journal, February 16, 2015. Mark Smith is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army Reserve Infantry. He deployed to Afghanistan as the commander of a mentoring team assigned to the Operations Coordination Centre in Uruzgan province.

Videos about Australia in Afghanistan

Resolute Support Mission. An Australia officer, working operations in the Resolute Support CJ39 office, talks about his mission in Afghanistan. Resolute Support HQs Facebook post on February 6, 2015.

News and Magazine Articles and Blog Posts
about Australia in Afghanistan

January 17, 2022. "Cabinet papers chronicle start of Australia's long Afghanistan war", by Graeme Dobell, The Strategist, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

February 1, 2020. "Australia's evolving role in Afghan training missions", Australian Department of Defence. Around 100 troops will depart from Afghanistan.

January 2, 2020. "The Bushmaster: from concept to combat", by Brendan Nicholson, The Strategist. An article about the Australian-designed and  - built Bushmaster; an armored vehicle that could withstand IED blasts on the roads of Afghanistan.

November 30, 2017. "A special investment in Afghanistan", ADF. Australia's contribution to NSOCC-A is mentioned.

May 1, 2016. "What it looks like inside our longest war", by Sarah Abo, SBS.

April 25, 2016. "Afghanistan was nation building at gunpoint", Sky News. A former SAS troop commander says that we tried to build a nation with democracy with a people who were culturally not ready for it.

April 24, 2016. "Kabul wants Australia's military presence in Afghanistan to continue", SBS.

March 21, 2015. "Operation Slipper: Parades marking end of military operation in Afghanistan held across Australia". ABC News (Australia).

June 19, 2014. "Australian troops to remain in Afghanistan until 2016". Financial Review.

November 10, 2013. "Australia in Afghanistan: Longest war draws to a 'bittersweet' end after 12 years". ABC Net News.

July 16, 2010. "Australia's Military Involvement in Afghanistan since 2001: A Chronology". Parliament of Australia.


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