Eric, The Aussies are Done!

The coalition is ever dwindling…..

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s top military commander said on Wednesday the job of the country’s combat troops in southern Iraq was done, bolstering a government decision to bring soldiers home mid-year. Australia, a close U.S. ally, has around 1,000 troops in and around Iraq and was an original member of the U.S.-led coalition which invaded the country in 2003.

Most are in the stable south, which has largely escaped the bloodshed in other parts of the country and which is said by Western nations to be a model for Iraqi security control.

There will be a tiny prescence however.

After that, Australia’s major military contribution to the Iraq mission will be two surveillance aircraft and a warship.

Australia will also retain its 100-member security detachment in Baghdad which guards Australian diplomats. A number of Australian officers attached to the coalition headquarters will also remain.

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