Australian special forces were part of last month’s massive Coalition offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan, Defence Force boss Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston has revealed.
About 15,000 troops have been involved in Operation Mushtarak, one of the biggest ever military offensives launched by NATO troops since the war began.
Troops were flooded into Helmand province last month to flush out Taliban strongholds.
Australia has more than 1,000 troops stationed in nearby Uruzgan province.
Air Chief Marshal Houston has told Australia Network’s Newsline program that special forces were part of the operation.
“They were deployed into northern Kandahar and they actually took part in a very important part of the operation,” he said.
“They actually provided a block against movement of insurgents to and from Marja from northern Kandahar.”
Air Chief Marshal Houston has also foreshadowed more involvement of special forces troops in the next push of the offensive.
“I think you can expect to see Chinooks, in other words our aviation, our special forces and I guess if requested Australian-mentored kandaks to participate in that operation,” he said.
Twelve Australians have been killed while serving in Afghanistan.