AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE ENDS MISSION IN IRAQ

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), has flown its final strike mission over Iraq, in the fight against the Daesh, an RAAF chief marshal said, on Tuesday night.

Australian F/A-18 Hornets have conducted operations in Iraq since Oct, 2014, providing support to troops, as they fought to reclaim Mosul and other cities from the Daesh.

Marise Payne, Australia’s Defence Minister, announced in Dec that, Australia’s operations in Iraq would be wound back, after the Iraqi government declared victory over the extremist group.

Mark Binskin, an Air Chief Marshal in the RAAF, said, Australian fighter jets had made a significant contribution to the fight against the Daesh.

“Over more than three years, hundreds of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, have been deployed to the Middle East, as part of the Air Task Group (ATG) strike element,” Binskin said, in a media release.

“Our aircrew and their support crews have consistently delivered in extremely challenging conditions.

“The Air Strike Group and their families can be proud of their achievements and their important contribution, to help the Iraqi Security Forces liberate their country from the Daesh.”

Six Australian super hornets, conducted the strikes in Iraq, on their last mission, which were coordinated by a U.S.-led coalition, and will now fly back home.

The end of the air strikes does not mark the end of Australia’s military involvement in Iraq, Binskin said. The ATG will stay on and support the coalition air campaign.

“The ADF will continue to work with our coalition and Iraqi partners, over the coming months, to establish their ongoing requirements and assess where they can make the most valuable contribution, as we work to maintain the gains in that region,” Binskin said

Source: NAM News Network