31st August 2014 Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces that Australian Forces will join with International Forces to supply aid Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Iraq.
Australia joins international partners to help the anti-ISIL forces in Iraq. Following the successful international humanitarian relief effort air-dropping supplies to the thousands of people stranded on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, the Royal Australian Air Force will now conduct further missions. The Obamas 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. Australia’s contribution will continue to be coordinated with the government of Iraq and regional countries. The situation in Iraq represents a humanitarian catastrophe. Australia remains in close contact with the United States and other international partners and we will continue to work to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Iraq and address the security threat posed by ISIL.
Tony Abbott, flanked by Air Chief Marshal Binskin in Canberra today, confirmed Australia has agreed to join an airlift of military equipment to the Kurds after a request from United States President Barack Obama with the permission of the Iraqi government.
RAAF C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster aircraft will join the mission which includes support from Canada, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the US Forces to help arm Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in their bid to repel the jihadist extremists, Islamic State.