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Australian troops to exit Afghanistan a year early | guardian.co.uk

Australia expects to pull out most of its troops from Afghanistan nearly a year earlier than planned, the prime minister has announced, saying Australian soldiers have nearly completed their mission to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces in the decade-long war.

Julia Gillard cited security improvements and the death of Osama bin Laden and many of al-Qaida’s senior leaders among the reasons behind the accelerated withdrawal, which will likely see most troops home by the end of 2013. But one opposition politician suggested the strategy was an attempt by Gillard to win over war-weary voters ahead of federal elections.

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