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US on Australian Increase in Forces in Iraq

Australia: Decision To Increase Forces in Iraq

The United States welcomes Australia’s decision to send an additional 450 ground forces to Iraq to provide protection for multinational reconstruction efforts and to train Iraqi security forces. This Australian decision came as a result of requests by the governments of the United Kingdom and Japan.

The new Australian contribution, which adds to the positive momentum generated by Iraq’s national elections on January 30, will assist Iraq’s transition to a secure democracy.

Australia continues to demonstrate that it is willing to make difficult and courageous choices to promote democracy and combat terrorism around the world.


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