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Miniskirts and mujahideen: how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war?
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Miniskirts and mujahideen: how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war?

It was once a stop on the hippie trail and inspiration for the Lonely Planet guidebooks. So how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war and terrorism?

  • by Maher Mughrabi

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Victoria and Korean manufacturer fight Queensland for $27b defence contract

Victoria has signed an agreement with Korea's largest defence company, backing a bid for a military contract that would create a custom-built facility and 1000 jobs in Geelong.

  • by Michael Fowler
With stealth jets, long-range missiles Japan readies to counter China

With stealth jets, long-range missiles Japan readies to counter China

PM Yoshihide Suga is buying longer-range missiles and considering arming and training its military to strike distant land targets.

  • by Tim Kelly
Call for royal commission into alleged Afghanistan war crimes
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Call for royal commission into alleged Afghanistan war crimes

The Brereton report into alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan raises more questions than answers on command responsibility, former defence officials argue.

  • by Deborah Snow
'Scenarios of disruption': sci-fi writers asked to help guard France

'Scenarios of disruption': sci-fi writers asked to help guard France

"Astonish us, shake us up, take us out of our habits and comfort zone," Florence Parly, the French defence minister, told the writers.

  • by Henry Samuel
How the man in charge of Australia's special forces avoided an 'iceberg'

How the man in charge of Australia's special forces avoided an 'iceberg'

General Jeff Sengelman saw how "ragged and run-down" the SAS was when he took charge, so he set about finding what was wrong. He got more than he bargained for.

  • by Chris Masters
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Trump threatens to veto defence bill over Big Tech legal shield

Trump threatens to veto defence bill over Big Tech legal shield

Trump's wish to alter or even repeal the law protecting companies such as Facebook and Twitter from liability over most content published by their users has taken on greater urgency since the president was defeated by Joe Biden.

  • by John Harney
Review of veteran suicide 'scourge' at risk as Labor opposes commissioner

Review of veteran suicide 'scourge' at risk as Labor opposes commissioner

Families of former soldiers who have taken their own lives are holding out for a royal commission into veteran suicides after Labor pulled its support for the government's alternative of an ongoing national commissioner.

  • by Katina Curtis
Australia to begin testing hypersonic missiles within months

Australia to begin testing hypersonic missiles within months

Australia will begin testing hypersonic missiles that can travel at least five times the speed of sound within months under a new agreement with the United States.

  • by Anthony Galloway
Who is Avril Haines, Joe Biden's new spy chief?

Who is Avril Haines, Joe Biden's new spy chief?

Between judo, erotica readings and drone strikes on terrorists, there's much to learn about the woman nominated as US Director of National Intelligence.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
Army chief starts process to sanction or sack 13 SAS soldiers

Army chief starts process to sanction or sack 13 SAS soldiers

Army chief Rick Burr has told 13 special forces soldiers they will be sacked or face sanctions relating to allegations of war crimes.

  • by Katina Curtis and Anthony Galloway