Kurdish peshmerga stand on a street in Gwer in northern Iraq. (AP/Marko Drobnjakovic via AP video)
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday that Australia would deploy 600 troops to the United Arab Emirates to join the U.S.-led international coalition gearing up for war against ISIS jihadists.Abbott's announcement comes two days after Canberra lifted its terror alert level to "high" on growing concern about Australian jihadists returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria. Abbott said the deployment of about "400 air personnel and about 200 military personnel" followed a formal request from Washington for Australia to contribute to the international coalition against the rampaging Islamist group. Australia joined the U.S. in an international effort to transport weapons to Kurdish forces fighting ISIS extremists in northern Iraq.
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