2016 Australian Twenty Cent Coin - 'Anzac to Afghanistan' - AFGHANISTAN
2016 20c Coin 'Anzac to Afghanistan' - AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan is the longest conflict in Australia's military history. In the 14 years since SAS squadrons were first deployed to Afghanistan in late 2001, an estimated 25,000 Australian Defence Force personnel have served in the greater Middle East Area of Operations under the auspices of Operation Slipper. The mission came to an end in December 2014.
Following the multiple terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC on September 11, 2001, US President George W. Bush declared a “war on terror”. In October 2001, coalition forces under US leadership invaded Afghanistan and ejected the ruling Taliban regime. Australian SAS squadrons formed part of this military effort under the auspices of Operation Slipper, conducting surveillance in the mountainous regions south of Kabul.