Early withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan called for

Australians call for early withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

Sat Oct 6, 2012 4:37PM GMT

Following a recent increase in attacks against US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan, more Australians are demanding an early withdrawal of their troops from the war-torn country, Press TV reports.

In Sydney, people gathered to demand an immediate withdrawal of Australian forces from Afghanistan, instead of the planned withdrawal in 2014.

Over the past months, Australians have been holding similar rallies outside Sydney’s Town Hall.

Protesters have also expressed support for US army soldier Bradley Manning, who was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of giving classified documents to whistleblower website Wikileaks.

“The Greens are advocating for Australia to have an independent foreign policy, and I think that value to have such an independent foreign policy explains why the Australian government is not willing to bring the troops home immediately, and just follows blindly what the US does,” Australian Greens Senator, Lee Rhiannon said.

A recent poll from Essential Research shows that 62 percent of Australians want their soldiers back home immediately.

In August, an Afghan soldier killed three Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan.

Nearly 40 Australians soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far.

Back in April Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that her country’s troops would completely withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.

The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into the invasion, insecurity continues to rise across the country.

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