I had just returned to my headquarters Aug. 18th from Ariana Circle where I attended the commemoration of the 93rd anniversary of Afghan independence. I was struck with the continuing strengthening of Afghan identity as a people and as a young democracy.
The dismissal of two key security ministers in a critical time when the country is going through the security transition could be considered a serious blow to any government. It could also jeopardize the gains.
On 17th April 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered a policy speech outlining Australia's engagement in Afghanistan through and beyond the transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces.