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September 01, 2014

Australia To Fly Guns And Ammunition Into Iraq

Australia To Fly Guns And Ammunition Into Iraq

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An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia’s prime minister said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S. and Iraqi governments.

“While we understandably shrink from reaching out to these conflicts, the truth is that these conflicts reach out to us,” Abbott told reporters.

“None of us want to get involved in another Middle Eastern war, but it is important to do what reasonably can be done to avert potential genocide,” he added.

Australia will use air force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster planes based at al-Minhad Air Base outside Dubai to deliver weapons and ammunition provided by East European countries.

Australia has said it has F/A-18 Hornets standing ready to join U.S. airstrikes in Iraq if requested by the U.S. and Iraqi governments.

Abbott said Sunday the United States had not requested that Australia play a combat role. If such a request were made, Abbott said it would be considered if it fits the criteria of an achievable overall objective with a clear role for Australian forces. Safety risks must be considered and an overall humanitarian purpose must be in accordance with Australia’s national interest, he said.

Australian C-130s had previously made humanitarian airdrops including food and water to thousands of people stranded by fighting on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.

Wild Thing's comment.............

It's so weird to see other countries doing this stuff w/out America leading the way.

Wishing you all a Happy Labor today.

I am sorry there are not more posts,but am needing to get some extra rest to help heal my injury. Love you all! .

Posted by Wild Thing at September 1, 2014 12:55 AM


The Aussie's are our best allies... They helped US in the Pacific in WW II..... A blessed Labor Day for US who are not $lackers, eh?!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at September 1, 2014 07:48 AM

America is no longer the leader of the free world. Referring to Obama as Leader of the Free World is an oxymoron as his lack of leadership as abdicated that position.

Posted by: BobF at September 1, 2014 11:20 AM

Hope you are healing well and fast Chrissie.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at September 1, 2014 01:13 PM

Thank you so much Tom.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 1, 2014 11:32 PM

Chrissie... Shoot Darth an email asap please about what's going on! God love you.

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at September 2, 2014 07:56 AM