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(MELBOURNE) JUST IN: Prime Minister Scott Morrison became emotional as he read out a list of Australians killed in the war in Afghanistan and announced troops would leave the country by September #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.15: More than 39,000 Australians were deployed and 41 of them were killed during the decades-long conflict:

Scott Morrison announces withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan: Mr Morrison said the 80 remaining troops would be withdrawn in line with the withdrawal of US troops as announced by President Joe Biden.

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Scott Morrison became emotional as he spoke about the Australians who have died during the conflict.

“The loss is great, the sacrifice immense, the bravery and courage things we can speak of, but not know of personally,” Mr Morrison said.

“Many more were wounded, some physically, others mentally and we’ll be dealing with the scars, both mental and physical, of their service for many, many years.”

Australian forces first entered Afghanistan in October 2001 in support of US troops who were deployed in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The Prime Minister said it was “an emotional day” but that despite the toll the conflict took, it was worthwhile.

“Freedom is always worth it,” Mr Morrison said.

“Australians have always believed that.

“That is why Australians who have served in our defence forces have always pulled on that uniform.”

An Afghani soldier and an Australian soldier share their expertise during a training operation
Australian soldiers have been in Afghanistan since October 2001.(Corporal Hamish Paterson: Defence Department)

When asked about the allegations some Australian troops committed war crimes while in Afghanistan, Mr Morrison said: “There will be time to talk about those things. Today is not that time.”

Mr Morrison said the government would continue to support Afghanistan once the troops had left.

“Once again, we stand with them and the complex task of making peace that lies ahead for those people,” he said.

“Australia continues to support the negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

“We encourage both parties to commit to the peace process that so many Australians have died to provide for.”

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#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.15: 2021:

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