Australia to pull peacekeeping troops from Lebanon

Australia has decided to withdraw its 12 peacekeeping troops from southern Lebanon because the danger there, the defense minister said Thursday. Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said the decision was made Wednesday but declined to say whether the pullout had occurred yet. "Late yesterday we made a decision to bring our 12 Australian Defense Force personnel back from southern Lebanon to Beirut where, of course, it is important that they continue to work with our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials," Nelson told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.