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Australia ends Iraq combat operations

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posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 02:38 AM
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Australia ends Iraq combat operations


news.yahoo.com

SYDNEY, Australia - Australia, a staunch U.S. ally and one of the first countries to commit troops to the war in Iraq five years ago, ended combat operations there Sunday.
Soldiers lowered the Australian flag that had flown over Camp Terendak in the southern Iraqi city of Talil. The combat troops were expected to return to Australia over the next few weeks, with the first of them arriving home Sunday.

The move fulfills a campaign promise by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who was swept into office in November largely on the promise that he would bring home the country's 550 combat troops by the middle of 2008. Rudd has said the Iraq deployment made Australia more of a target for terrorism
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Pull Out of Iraq!!




posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 02:38 AM
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So did this make Australia more of a target for extremist attacks?
Is it possible that his may mean the end of a coalition in Iraq soon?
Will these exits be followed by the U.S. soon, as I have advocated?

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posted on Jun, 4 2008 @ 07:18 AM
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wow no replies to this ? I would have thought that when this day came people would sit up and take notice. Guess not.

I for one could not be prouder of our new PM fulfilling his promise... well one of them


I don't see how this would make Australia a target for terrorists, should be quite the opposite no ?
Unless of course the biggest and baddest terrorist has something in mind for us now, others have managed to do so unscathed.

I highly doubt this will inspire any of the other nations still involved to withdraw their troops, sadly. A lot of them do require the USA's support.

I also strongly doubt the USA will be withdrawing from the region any time soon, it's become quite clear they plan to stay awhile, well to myself anyway.



posted on Jun, 4 2008 @ 07:43 AM
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I'm glad we are pulling out, it proves Australia aren't the USA's whipping dog...We do actually think for ourselves.



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