Australian PM Rudd makes surprise Afghan visit
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has made a surprise visit to troops serving in Afghanistan, telling them that it was time they came home.
Mr Rudd, who the Labor Party reinstalled as leader four weeks ago ahead of this year's election, made the trip on Saturday with his wife Therese Rein to troops in southern Uruzgan province.
"On behalf of a grateful Australian nation I am here to say to you, the men and women of the Australian Defence Force, thank you for a job well done," Mr Rudd told soldiers at the Tarin Kowt base.
"I say... thank you, and it's about time we brought you home."