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  • August 11, 2021

Billions of dollars later, what happened to the Afghan military?

There should have been plenty of time for US-funded military and political leaders in Afghanistan to develop a strategy to defend the country. What went wrong? Afghan army soldiers at a military training center on the outskirts of Kabul (Image: AP / Anja Niedringhaus) The fighting forces are dissolved in a heated battle. The United…

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The Dark History of Ben Roberts-Smith’s Hidden Crusader Patch

An image of Ben Roberts-Smith wearing a Crusader patch on his military uniform has emerged, and it is a symbol that has a long and ugly history in far-right circles. An image of Ben Roberts-Smith with a crusader patch and artwork commemorating Australian soldiers from WWI (Images: Australian War Memorial; ADF) For an alleged war…

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Australian diplomats may return to Kabul, but Afghan aides amid the fog of war

Australia is considering reestablishing a diplomatic presence in Kabul, a disturbing indication that its hasty withdrawal was “a complete fiasco”. Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP / Lukas Coch) Months after closing its embassy in Afghanistan, Australia is considering reestablishing its diplomatic presence, the latest move in a quiet but confused withdrawal from a country…

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John Howard Picks ScoMo Political Awareness On Afghan Aid

The latest voice calling for humanitarian visas for Afghans who assisted the ADF? A former prime minister. Former Prime Minister John Howard (Image: SBS News) Days after the last Australian troops left Afghanistan, the man who first sent them there 20 years ago says the government must grant visas to Afghans who assisted the defense…

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