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Byrne says war effort is no win

Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne.
Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne. Allan Reinikka

MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne says Australian forces should have stayed out of Afghanistan.

Mr Byrne, a former infantry officer and major in the regular army, said on a personal level he had never felt Australia's war efforts in Afghanistan had been of great merit, irrespective of the logic behind their involvement.

As a soldier in the army he was deployed to an RAAF base in Malaysia during the early 1980s, a move to deter any post Vietnam War communist presence in the region.

The recent death of five Australian soldiers has brought calls from many people to bring Aussie troops home.

Mr Byrne said he never believed there were any tactical prospects to encourage Australian success in Afghanistan.

"Everybody has failed in Afghanistan over history when trying to intervene with the way things are there. It's a no win situation, always has been."

The Bulletin yesterday reported the thoughts of former coalition forces interpreter Mohammad Azad who now lives in Rockhampton.

Mohammad said the Afghan people needed Australian troops to ensure the country didn't fall back into Taliban control.

Mr Byrne acknowledged soldiers were the first tier in professionalism and suited to "punching above their weight" when asked to perform.

He was adamant his opinions on this matter came from him as an ex-soldier.

 

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