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Australia to fly guns and ammunition into Iraq

A Royal Australian Air Force crew load humanitarian supplies for an airdrop to isolated Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq at Al-Minhad Air Base in the UAE on August 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters)

CANBERRA: Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australian military aircraft would fly guns and ammunition into Iraq to help fight ISIS militants.

Abbott said in a statement Sunday: "The United States government has requested that Australia help to transport stores of military equipment, including arms and munitions, as part of a multi-nation effort."

"Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster aircraft will join aircraft from other nations including Canada, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the United States to conduct this important task."

He did not say when the air drops would begin, but News Corp. newspaper reported Sunday that the transport aircraft based at Al-Minhad Air Base outside Dubai could fly their first mission within days.

 

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