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Australia to end air strike campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria

22 December 2017

Six Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornets will return home in January from a three-year air strike campaign in the Middle East following the declaration by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of his country’s victory over the Islamic State militant group, which is also referred to as Daesh.

“The battlefield success against Daesh means our own Operation ‘OKRA’ has now reached a natural transition point and our strike aircraft will begin returning home early in the new year,” Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne said on 22 December, marking the end of the RAAF’s air strike operations in Iraq and Syria.

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