Australia to launch airstrikes on Islamic State

October 3, 2014 8:59 AM

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Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has said the nation's air force will launch strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq.

The announcement had been widely anticipated since six F/A-18F Super Hornet jet fighters were pre-deployed to the United Arab Emirates more than two weeks ago in response to a formal request from the United States for specific contributions to the international coalition.

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