Australia Considers Air Strikes

By John Lee.

Australia is currently weighing up options to use aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF, insignia pictured) to bomb targets of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

If authorized, RAAF aircraft could also target ISIL in Syria, but a spokesperson for Australia's Department of Defence noted this was not something that had been decided:

"The government is continuing to consult with our friends and partners including the government of Iraq, about what help might be given. However, no decision has been made so far committing Australian forces to join air strikes targeting ISIL forces either in Iraq or Syria."

So far, Australia's political parties are undecided on the move, with some only supporting humanitarian help and the Labor Party opposed to strikes. Australia has been lobbied by both Baghdad and Erbil to partake in military support.

(Source: Yahoo Australia)

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