In 2006 the Australian Army was focused on reconfiguring its commitment to Iraq and redeploying forces into Afghanistan. When the security situation in Dili deteriorated dramatically in May 2006 it came as a considerable surprise to many. The factors leading to the outbreak of violence pointed to what in hindsight had been a premature departure two years earlier. Yet despite years of experience of working in this newly independent country, those Australian troops committed to assist had little understanding of what had prompted the return of international security forces. The 2006 experience demonstrated the need to maintain an enduring focus on Australia's immediate region.
|Title of host publication||Anzac Cove to Afghanistan: The History of the 3rd Brigade|
|Place of Publication||Sydney, Australia|
|Publisher||Big Sky Publishing|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|