The latest news on Australia's military deployment to the conflict in Iraq.
2 Oct 2014 - 10:12 AM  UPDATED 11 Nov 2014 - 7:00 AM
Monday 10 Nov 2014
Australia's Special Forces are finally moving into lraq, almost two months after they were deployed to the Middle East.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told US President Barack Obama during talks in Beijing that bureaucratic hurdles within the lraqi Government have now been cleared and the elite Australian forces are beginning their "advise and assist" mission.The...
Tuesday 28 Oct 2014

Australian teenager Abdullah Elmir has appeared in a new video released by the so-called Islamic State, as the Australian government moves forward with new legislation designed to ban the promotion of terror.

An Australian teenager dubbed the "Ginger jihadist" has appeared in a video released by the so-called Islamic State.

The Sydney teenager appears holding a rifle alongside fellow Islamic State fighters in the six-and-a-half minute clip, posted to YouTube.

Mr Elmir is one of the targets of the new national security legislation, currently before the Senate, which outlaws the promotion of terrorism.

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Sunday 19 Oct 2014
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said she doesn't envisage Australia sending ground troops to Iraq.
Speaking at a news conference with her Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said "we've not being asked to and we've not offered" to send ground troops into the country.Ms Bishop said Australia...
Friday 17 Oct 2014
Wednesday 15 Oct 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a truce between terror groups Islamic State and al-Qaeda would be tragic for Iraq, and disastrous for the rest of the world.
Iraqi terror expert Hisham al-Hashimi has predicted the allied attacks on IS in Iraq and Syria will reunite the two organisations that split in February this year.Mr Abbott described the Middle East as a witches brew of danger, difficulty and...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott expects Australia to receive Iraqi government approval to send in special forces members within days.

While RAAF Super Hornets have been undertaking bombing raids against Islamic State targets, Australia's pre-deployed 200 special forces members have yet to start their mission to train and assist Iraqi ground forces.

Mr Abbott said the process for getting legal protections in place was taking longer than expected.

"But I am confident that the situation will be revolved in the next few days and our forces will be able to deploy into Iraq on advise and assist missions to help the Iraqi security forces," he told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Asked whether Iraqi government concerns about foreign troops setting up "military bases" was holding up the deployment, Mr Abbott said Australia had no intention of sending in combat troops.

"We are not proposing independent combat operations by Australian and other coalition forces," he said.

"It is about helping the people of Iraq to reclaim their country."

Australia's defence force chief Mark Binskin overnight on Tuesday attended a briefing with other coalition military leaders at the US Joint Base Andrews in Maryland hosted by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.

Sunday 12 Oct 2014

How to make a smart bomb

Australian Super Hornets have conducted a number of missions over Iraq but so far have only dropped two bombs.
Here's how to make a smart bomb.First you start with the bomb body, in this case a US-supplied Mark 82, a streamlined green-painted steel casing containing around 90kg of high explosive."Then we bolt on the front," explains RAAF Squadron Leader R ...
Friday 10 Oct 2014
Australian forces this week began bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq as part of a US-led mission against the group. But what exactly is Australia's role? Here's a closer look at the international mission.
How many countries are in the Coalition?The anti-Islamic-State Coalition is led by the United States and is thought to include more than 60 counties, although the exact number is unclear.The also Coalition includes two non-states with the European...