Private Kirby Finger from Clermont in Central Queensland, provides security in the Baluchi Valley.

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Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and their Australian mentors are keeping the pressure on insurgents north of Tarin Kowt.

A recent patrol in the Baluchi Valley searched for caches and spent time interacting with the local population.

Soldiers from the Second Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force have worked closely with the ANA to improve their skills since arriving in Oruzgan Province in 2009.

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Operation SLIPPER is Australia’s military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, piracy and improving maritime security. Under this operation our forces contribute to the efforts of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) – led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. ISAF seeks to bring security, stability and prosperity to Afghanistan and aims to prevent Afghanistan again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists. Operation SLIPPER also supports the United States led International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) in the broader Middle East.