Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has said Australian troops will need to stay in Afghanistan for years to buttress international efforts to defeat the Taliban and establish a secure state.
Downer made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan during the weekend and met with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai.
"I believe Australian troops will be in Afghanistan for years," he told The Australian, one of the leading newspapers in Australia.
Australian troops levels will reach a new peak of more than 1,000 next year.
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