Australia to boost troops in Afghanistan to 1,550: PM
Australia will increase its troop commitment in Afghanistan by 450 to 1,550 to reduce the militant threat in the increasingly unstable nation, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Wednesday.
"Today I have announced an increase in our troop commitment from 1,100 to around 1,550," Rudd told reporters.
He earlier detailed the deployment of more than 200 additional troops but said a 120-strong infantry company would also join them for an eight-month tour of duty to provide security for the Afghan elections.
Rudd did not provide a full breakdown of the additional troop numbers but said none would assume a combat role.