Australia

Last Australian Combat Troops Withdrawn From Afghanistan

40 Australians have been killed since the U.S.-led intervention began

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Australia's last remaining combat troops in Afghanistan are heading home, 12 years after the country first sent in soldiers to assist the U.S.-led NATO coalition.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the withdrawal Monday. He said Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan, where Australian forces have been training Afghan soldiers and police, is now a "very significantly" different place.