‘We lost our way’: ex-soldiers regret how Australia got bogged down in Afghanistan

‘We lost our way’: ex-soldiers regret how Australia got bogged down in Afghanistan

The Guardian

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As the final troops prepare to leave, former military personnel stress there’s a lot more to do for Australian veterans and the Afghan people

When the government announced the final 80 Australian troops would be home from Afghanistan by September, bringing to a close Australia’s longest military engagement, John Bale was filled with “a mix of emotions”.

Bale, a former army officer who was deployed to Afghanistan twice in 2008 and 2010, says: “When I read the news … I was a lot more emotional than I had expected. We knew this was coming but it hit me.”

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