Afghan Governor pleads for Australian help as soldiers defect to Taliban
The Governor of Uruzgan — the Afghan province where Australia's training and reconstruction effort was centred — says soldiers there are defecting to the Taliban.
Desperate officials said they would welcome Australian forces back.
Since September, Tarin Kot, the dusty home for Australia's soldiers and reconstruction teams until late 2014 has been menaced, Uruzgan's Provincial Governor Mohammad Nazir Kharoti said.
"The Taliban was coming very close to the city, I can say a kilometre, to two kilometres in some sites," he said.
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WNU Editor: This defeat was a heads-up that something is going wrong for the Afghan government .... Taliban overruns military base in Uruzgan (Threats Matrix).