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Originally posted by Manincloak
Do Australian troops speak Arabic? Because if not, I can't see how they would train the Iraqie soldiers.
Anyway, how many troops do we have in Iraq in total? I've been wondering about this for quite some time.
Op CATALYST is the ADF's post-conflict contribution to the Australian whole-of-government effort to assist with the rehabilitation of Iraq and its transition to self-government. The operation came into effect on 16 July 2003.
* The ADF continues to make a valuable, and in certain instances, unique contribution to the rehabilitation of Iraq, the rebuilding of Iraqi armed forces and the transition to self-government.
* Nearly 850 Australians are currently serving (at 1 April 04) in the Middle East, including:
* an Australian Joint Task Force headquarters for command of ADF elements deployed in the Middle East. The headquarters is responsible for both Operation Catalyst and Operation Slipper, Australia’s contribution to the war against terrorism;
* a naval component of about 175 personnel, comprising the HMAS Stuart (ANZAC class FF);
* a RAAF C-130 Hercules detachment of about 150 personnel with two transport aircraft, ground crew and other support