Australia to send extra 300 troops to Iraq

File photo of Australian SAS commandos at the Holsworthy defence facility near SydneyAustralia announced on Tuesday it will send another 300 troops to Iraq in a joint mission with New Zealand to help train local forces fighting the Islamic State group. The decision follows Wellington last week deciding to deploy some 140 soldiers on a non-combat mission to boost the Iraqi military’s ability to fight the jihadists. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the decision followed a formal request from the Iraqi and US governments. Ultimately, it is Iraq that must defeat the death cult (Islamic State) but we do not want to leave the Iraqis on their own,” he told reporters in Canberra.

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