Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that Australian combat aircraft will join the international coalition against ISIL in Iraq.
Abbott said up to eight RAAF F/A18 aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker and Transport aircraft will be deployed to the United Arab Emirates.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will also prepare a Special Operations Task Group to act as military advisers to assist Iraq. ADF personnel will also be placed in the United States Headquarters for coordination, planning and logistics purposes.
Whilst around 600 Australian personnel will be sent to the Middle East, combat troops will not be deployed. [Read more...]