Following on from the concerns raised in last month's Australian Army Journal about the lack of 'action' being undertaken by Australia's infantry, the country's new Prime Minister has now fulfilled one of his election promises and begun withdrawing Australian troops from Iraq. Although Australia's Defence Forces have been stationed in Iraq since 2003 they fortunately have not suffered any fatalities. The 550 troops currently in Iraq have been ordered to cease combat missions and to return to Oz by the end of the month.
UK Armed Forces have always held their Australian brothers-in-arms in particularly high regard, valuing their strength, courage and professionalism, and will be sorry to see them leave.
Let's hope the Aussies can stay on in Afghanistan - we need them!