Australia to launch airstrikes on Islamic State

October 3, 2014 8:59 AM

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Australia to launch airstrikes on Islamic State

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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