Small ADF contingent deployed to Iraq

Small ADF contingent deployed to Iraq

The Department of Defence has confirmed a small contingent of ADF officers have been deployed to Iraq to protect the Australian embassy.

The security situation has worsened in Iraq as insurgents from Al-Qaeda linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began their assault in northern Iraq last week.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the measure is to ensure the Australian government has the capacity to move staff safely.

He also says Australia is poised to “help” if asked by Iraq.

It comes as US President Barack Obama announced today the US will send 300 military advisors to Iraq.

Meanwhile,  a US official has confirmed ISIS militants in Iraq have seized one of Saddam Hussein’s former chemical weapons factories.

However US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the US does not believe the militants will be able to manufacture weapons there, as material in the facility is quite old and weapons could not be moved safely.

 

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