Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signaled Friday that Australia will not substantially boost troop numbers in Afghanistan after a 10th Australian soldier died in the prolonged war against insurgents.
Australia's defense chief announced late Thursday that an Australian bomb disposal expert had been killed trying to defuse a makeshift device - the second Australian soldier to have died in the Central Asian country in a week.
Rudd has yet to respond to a recent request from NATO for more Australian troops to help secure elections in Afghanistan in August, and he will meet US President Barack Obama in Washington for the first time on Tuesday.
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