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Australian special forces will stick to training in Iraq – no combat allowed | Ottawa Citizen
20091010adf8115142_049.jpg Photographer: LS Paul Berry Caption: Special Operations Task Groups Long Range Patrol Vehicles drive in convoy across one of Afghanistan's desert, or 'dasht' regions. Mid Caption: Soldiers from the Special Operations Task Group, Afghan National Security Forces and Coalition Forces conducted a counter insurgency operation over several days in northern Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Deep Caption: Operation SLIPPER is Australia's military contribution to international campaigns against terrorism, countering piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and maritime security. Under this operation our forces contribute to the efforts of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) - led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, which seeks to bring security, stability and prosperity to the country and aims at preventing Afghanistan again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists, and the United States-led International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) efforts in the broader Middle East. This image has been digitally altered for operational security.

Australian special forces will stick to training in Iraq – no combat allowed | Ottawa Citizen

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australian special forces won’t get involved directly in the fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq.

Critics in Australia have argued that Australian special forces are needed on the front lines.

But Turnbull said Australia’s special forces will not go beyond their role of training Iraqi troops. “They are guests of the Iraqi government,” he told reporters.

Source: Australian special forces will stick to training in Iraq – no combat allowed | Ottawa Citizen