The brutal murder of UK citizen David Haines led to immediate answers by various countries including USA and Australia. Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, announced that his country is going to send 600 military personnel as a part of the US international bid to fight against the Islamic State.
The announcement was made by Abbott at a Darwin press conference. It was mentioned that there will be 400 military air personnel deployed and 200 ground troops at a request made by Washington for Australia to join the coalition it is currently building.
Prime Minister Abbott declared:
“The government has decided to prepare and to deploy to the United Arab Emirates a military force. The United Arab Emirates would serve as a base for operation.”
The initial focus is put on Iraq and is to include 8 F/A18 Royal Australian Air Force combat aircrafts, a KC-30A multi-role tanker, transport aircrafts and an E-7A warning and control aircraft.
An extra number of people iwll be sent to assist the Iraqi forces fighting ISIS. Abbott said:
“At this point in time, Australia is no intending to operate in Syria.
The legalities of operating in Iraq with the consent and welcome of the Iraqi government are obviously very different from the legalities of operating in Syria, which has a government that Australia doesn’t recognise.
There are obviously further decisions to be taken before Australian forces will be committed to combat operations in Iraq.”
A main focus was put on the fact that Australia’s mission is a humanitarian one meant to protect Iraq and help in the dismantle of ISIS.
After the third murder by the Islamic State, this time an aid worker, The White House declared that it will do all that it can to bring the perpetrators to justice.