Afghanistan sharpened Australia's fighting capacity and capability. But we were still part of a spectacular failure of political and military leadership.
As President Joe Biden said on announcing the US troop withdrawal by September, 'our reasons for remaining in Afghanistan have become increasingly unclear'.
Australia will pull out its remaining 80 troops from Afghanistan by September, marking the end of its longest involvement in a war.
The Afghanistan War now has an end date: 9/11/21. Experts explain the history of US involvement in Afghanistan, the peace process to end that conflict and how the country's women are uniquely at risk.
Indonesia needs to consider long-term engagement to produce deeper and more sustainable impacts.
Afghan women interviewed about current talks between the government and the Taliban say, 'There is no going back.' Taliban fundamentalist rule in the 1990s forced women into poverty and subservience.
Little was achieved in the first round of talks last year. As round two is set to begin, there are major obstacles to overcome to finally bring peace to Afghanistan.
Because the Taliban's insurgency is so well financed, the Afghan government must spend enormous sums on war, too. A peace accord would free up funds for basic services, economic development and more.
When the honour of Australia’s revered soldiers is questioned, so, too, is the national self-image. But war is an ugly business, and we pay a price for tethering it so tightly to our identity.
Pulling out roughly half the U.S. troops in Afghanistan is part of an effort to find peace, but may unbalance a precarious stalemate.
Investigating senior officers, and where appropriate, taking action against them, is an important part of restoring the reputation of the Australian military abroad.
Scott Morrison has always put the military on an extremely high pedestal. When some of those on that pedestal are found to have done appalling things, the shock is doubly great.
Now is the time to reflect carefully on what we ask of, and how we best support, those soldiers who serve in our name.
There is 'credible information' Australian soldiers were involved in war crimes. But investigating and prosecuting these will be incredibly difficult.
The long-awaited inquiry found 23 incidents in which one or more non-combatants were unlawfully killed.
Defence expert Allan Behm on the background to the Brereton report.
Michelle Grattan discusses the background to the Brereton inquiry, to be delivered tomorrow, with the Australia Institute's Allan Behm.
This might appear a radical suggestion, but military units have been moved, shuffled, re-branded, disbanded and reactivated frequently throughout Australia’s history.
In February, the US signed an accord with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan War. Now Taliban insurgents are meeting with the Afghan government – but peace remains an uncertain outcome.
An Afghan soldier convicted of murdering three Australian soldiers is among six prisoners who could be released as part of a peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
After months of delays, talks between the Taliban and Afghan governnment are due to start in Doha. Here's what is on the table.