Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq on training mission




 
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March 3rd, 2015  
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Topic: Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq on training mission


Australia will send an additional 300 soldiers to help train Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday, following a request from the United States to contribute to an international training coalition. Australia last year committed a 600-strong force comprising some 400 airforce personnel and 200 special forces soldiers to help fight Islamic State. The new Australian troops will join around 140 New Zealand Defence Force members and be based at Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Abbott told reporters. Australia is on high alert for attacks by radicalized Muslims or home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East.




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