All Australian troops in Afghanistan will leave the country by September this year after United States President Joe Biden announced an end to the 20-year war.
“Over the past two years we’ve been reducing our military presence in Afghanistan from a high of over 1500 personnel to around 80 personnel currently. In line with the United States and other allies and partners, the last remaining Australian troops will depart Afghanistan in September 2021,” Mr Morrison said in Perth on Thursday.
An emotional Mr Morrison read out the names of 41 Australian Defence Force personnel who had died in Afghanistan since 2001.
“This day we dedicate to their memories, we think of their families, their friends, the life they would have lived,” he said.
The United Nations and academics estimate more than 100,000 Afghan civilians and military members have been killed in the 20-year conflict.