Diggers to extend their reach in Afghanistan
October 14, 2011
AUSTRALIAN military training teams in Afghanistan will expand their operations into neighbouring Kandahar Province ahead of a dramatic reduction during 2012.
During his regular report to Parliament on Afghanistan yesterday, Defence Minister Stephen Smith revealed the government had authorised troops from 2RAR from Mentoring Task Force 3 to move into Kandahar Province to train members of the Afghan National Army's 6th Kandak (battalion) of the 4th Brigade.
Special forces have operated in Kandahar as well as the provinces of Helmand, Zabul and Daykundi, but this is the first time army trainers will be based outside Oruzgan...