Future Australian Troop Levels In Afghanistan Unclear

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's still not clear if Australia will be asked to send more troops to Afghanistan.

After meeting with President Barack Obama today, Australia's prime minister said his country is committed to keeping Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists.

But both leaders sidestepped the issue of whether Australia will be pressed for more personnel.

The visit by Kevin Rudd comes as the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is on the rise. Obama is calling for more international help in the war against the resurgent Taliban.

Obama said Americans and Australians alike are "frustrated" with the need to send troops overseas for long periods of time. But he said they both recognize that "we can't allow vicious killers to have their way."

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