Australia exits Afghanistan

Last updated 17:38 16/12/2013

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The last remaining Australian combat troops in Afghanistan are heading home as Australia's military involvement in the 12-year-old conflict comes to an end.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday that the final group of Australia's combat troops in Afghanistan left this weekend. The withdrawal coincides with the closure of the international military base at Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province. That was Australia's main base in the country.

Around 400 of the 1550 Australian military personnel in Afghanistan will remain through next year to train the Afghan military in Kabul and Kandahar.

The Australian military's main focus in Afghanistan is to train an Afghan National Army brigade to take responsibility for security in Uruzgan. Forty Australian troops have died in the conflict.

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