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Labor pledges support for Afghanistan troops

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Labor pledges support for Afghanistan troops

by InABC Online

The Opposition's defence spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon says Labor is determined to ensure Australian soldiers fighting in Afghanistan are given the support they need.

Yesterday an SAS solider was shot dead during a clash with the Taliban in the south of Afghanistan.
Perth-based patrol commander, Sergeant Matthew Locke, was on his second tour in Oruzgan Province when he was killed.

Mr Fitzgibbon today met soldiers in Townsville who have served in Afghanistan.

He says his party would look at increasing troop numbers if the international community believed there was a case for strengthening troops generally.

"It is possible that we might find it necessary to reinforce our commitment to Afghanistan," he said.
"Currently we are overstretched, we have a big commitment in Iraq as well.

"The Labor Party believes it's necessary to bring those combat troops home to free up capacity to meet any contingencies such as an additional commitment in Afghanistan."

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