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In November 2001, Australia joined the United States-led coalition to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations. There was no indication this would be Australia's longest war.
Australian Army special forces soldiers from 1st Commando Regiment drop into the water during Exercise Diamond Strike at Shoalwater Bay training area, Queensland, in June 2015.
The first group of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed on 15 April, as a military force to the international Building Partner Capacity (BPC) training mission in Iraq.
On 6 August 2015, Australia will commemorate the centenary of the August Offensive, pausing to reflect on the entire Gallipoli campaign and, particularly, the sacrifice of those Anzacs at the battles of Lone Pine and the Nek.