Australian troops to exit earlier from Afghanistan

5:50 AM, Apr 17, 2012   |    comments
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard

SYDNEY -- Australia plans to pull most of its troops out of Afghanistan almost a year earlier than planned.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says soldiers have nearly completed their mission to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces in the decade-long war.

Now most of Australia's troops likely will be home by the end of 2013.

(Associated Press)

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