Washington (CNN) - Bill Clinton, just hours before planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, reportedly told an audience in Australia that he almost killed Osama bin Laden during his presidency.
Speaking to a group of businessmen in Australia on September 10, 2001, according to audio aired by SkyNews Australia on Wednesday, Clinton said that he "nearly got" the al Qaeda leader but didn't go through with a missile attack because of the collateral damage that would have come from it.
Honolulu (CNN) - President Barack Obama is set to announce an expanded American military presence in Australia later this week during his first visit to that country as commander-in-chief.
The president - departing from Hawaii Tuesday - is expected to make the announcement during a stop at a military base in Darwin, located in northern Australia. Among other things, U.S. Marines will begin using facilities in Darwin for training and war games, while American warships will increase their utilization of naval facilities in Western Australia near Perth.
Washington (CNN) – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard pledged true friendship with the United States Wednesday and encouraged the nation that inspired her youth by landing on the moon to be bold in shaping the 21st century.
In a speech to a joint meeting of Congress, Gillard backed the U.S. policy in Afghanistan but warned against failing to fully complete it, and called for a brave and innovative U.S. approach to economic reforms in the wake of the global recession.
(CNN) - Australia's new prime minister pledged her commitment to the war in Afghanistan during a phone call with President Obama, the two leaders said.
"I assured President Obama that my approach to Afghanistan will continue the approach taken to date by the Australian government," said Julia Gillard, Australia's new prime minister, on Friday. "I fully support the current deployment and I indicated to President Obama that he should expect to see the Australian effort in Afghanistan continuing."
Julia Gillard, 48, was elected Thursday as Australia's first female prime minister. Obama called her Thursday night to congratulate her.
During the talk, Obama and Gillard "underscored their shared commitment to closely work together on the broad range of global challenges confronting both countries, including in Afghanistan," the White House statement said.