Shadow defence minister responds to report the US has joined Nato’s request for more Australian personnel to combat Isis and al-Quaida

The shadow defence minister, Richard Marles, has signalled Labor would be open to increasing defence force numbers in Afghanistan if needed, as conditions on the ground deteriorate.

He says al-Qaida is increasing its presence in Afghanistan, Islamic State is playing a role, the country is experiencing an insurgency, and “we can’t afford to see Afghanistan lost”.

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