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What comes to mind as the biggest oversease military assistance operation in recent history?  Iraq, Afghanistan or East Timor?

In fact in 2003 Australia conceived, financed and led a Pacific-wide intervention into Solomon Islands to prevent the collapse of that state. The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was to remain there for fourteen years, costing over $2 billion and involving thousands of soldiers, police and public servants from Australia and across the Pacific.

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