The Socialist Alliance recognises that there was never any legal or moral justification for the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
The war was and is still being prosecuted by the US-NATO forces as part of the US imperialism’s long-term strategic political and economic interests in the region under the guise of the “war on terror”.
Bipartisan Australian support for that invasion and the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 is a product of the US-Australia war alliance and Australia’s own interests in that region.
Australia’s military and/or training presence in both countries provides political legitimacy to the US-NATO command and works to undermine the movements for self-determination.
The US-NATO occupation, with Australian government support, has also led directly to the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group.