80 Australian soldiers back home from Afghanistan

14:34, October 28, 2010      

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Eighty Australian soldiers returned to Brisbane, state capital of Queensland in Australia on Thursday after an eight-month deployment to Oruzgan Province in Afghanistan.

The soldiers from Mentoring Task Force One are being reunited with family and friends at Brisbane's International Airport.

The task force includes members of the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion.

Casualties in Afghanistan would be much higher if not for the soldiers' good equipment, said the returning commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jennings of the Mentoring Task Force.

Asked if his troops were adequately equipped, Jennings said: " absolutely".

"We have enough to do our job currently," Jennings told reporters at Brisbane airport.

"The fact we've only taken six soldiers killed is a testament to our equipment and our training," Jennings said.

"We could have taken a whole lot more," he added.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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