Australia to launch airstrikes, take more refugees

September 9, 2015 11:54 AM

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Australia to launch airstrikes, take more refugees

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia will launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria within days and resettle an additional 12,000 refugees from the deepening humanitarian and security crisis in the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday.

He also announced that his government will pay an additional 44 million Australian dollars ($31 million) to keep 240,000 Syrians and Iraqis in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, bringing the Australian contribution to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria to AU$230 million since 2011.

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