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P.M. to boost military to foster regional stability

August 24, 2006

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— Australia's prime minister announced plans today to substantially increase the size of the army to foster regional stability and contribute to the war on terror.

"It's a bigger army to meet our likely responsibilities, and our likely responsibilities include from time to time being involved in operations like Afghanistan and Iraq, but very particularly our responsibilities in our region where we will carry the major share of the burden," Howard told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio in Hobart.

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