Government refuses to put time frame on Australian involvement in Iraq

Government refuses to put time frame on Australian involvement in Iraq

Federal Attorney General George Brandis says there should not be a time limit on Australia’s involvement in air strikes against Islamic State militants.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has today said he will not put a time limit on Australia’s involvement, after the US asked a coalition of nations to participate in air military action against the extremist group.

Mr Abbott announced yesterday Australia will deploy 600 Airforce and Army troops to the Middle East, as part of the international coalition

Senator Brandis has also reiterated the need not to put a time constraint on the mission, while speaking on ABC radio this morning.

He says the mission is likely to take many, many months, and it is far too early to set a specified withdrawal date.

But Federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie is calling on the federal government to be honest with the Australian public about its position on military intervention in Iraq.

Speaking to Sky News this morning, Mr Wilkie said while he is not opposed to the military action, he doesn’t believe the government doesn’t have a time frame in mind, and it should come clear about its intentions.

Meanwhile, Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert says Australia is facing an unprecedented terrorist threat, in the fight against the Islamic State.


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