AUSTRALIA: ‘ Canberra Authorizes Boots on the Ground in Iraq Against Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – AUSTRALIA (Canberra) – October 03 – Canberra has authorized deployment of special forces to Iraq to join operation against militants of the Islamic State. From now on, the Australian Air Force craft present in the region will also take part in combat missions against terrorists.

It has only ever been a matter of time that Australia’s 600 military personnel and aircraft deployed to a United Arab Emirates airbase in mid-September would be officially used in military operations against the forces of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist organization in Iraq.

Nearly two months after the US-led alliance of European and Persian Gulf nations started to inflict air-strikes on the IS target in Iraq and then Syria, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in a nationally televised news conference that the country is joining the military operation against the“murderous death cult,” as Abbot put it, in earnest.

“Today, cabinet has authorized Australian airstrikes in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government and in support of the Iraqi government,” Abbott announced on Friday.

“Also, subject to final legal documentation, cabinet has authorized the deployment of Australian special forces into Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi forces,” he said.

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‘ Australian Air-Craft Join US-led Coalition in Air-Strikes Against Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – AUSTRALIA – October 01 – Australian aircraft will join the US-led coalition in air-strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in an initial support role, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday it was reported.    

The aircraft are being sent ahead of a final decision to undertake bombing missions, Reuters reported.

Abbott sent 10 aircraft and some 600 personnel last month to the United Arab Emirates in preparation for joining the coalition.

“Australian air-strikes await final clearances from the Iraqi government and a further decision by our own,” Abbott told parliament.

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` Afghan High Council Confirms Former Taliban Leader is Held by UAE with intention to Disrupt Peace Talks ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – April 17 – (KP) – The Afghan High Council has confirmed that the former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim has been held in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Agha Jan Mutasim has been missing in United Arab Emirates during the past several days. He was a senior Taliban leader and was supporting the Afghan peace process with the Taliban group.

Afghan High Peace Council following a statement said the detention of Agha Jan Mutasim clarifies that certain elements in the region are disrupting the Afghan peace talks.

The statement further added that those individuals, who are struggling to resume Afghan peace process, have been victimized.

The High Peace Council insisted that Afghan peace talks should take place inside Afghanistan and negotiations have taken place with the UAE officials to end limitations and resolve the issue of Agha Jan Mutasim.

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` MERS Coronavirus Claims its First Victim in `Yemen ‘ whilst Saudi Arabia says a Foreigner has Died ‘

#AceHealthNews – SAUDI ARABIA – April 13 – (ALJ) – A foreigner has died from the deadly MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, while Yemen has reported its first case of the disease.

The foreign man, whose nationality has not been disclosed, died from the coronavirus as eight others in the kingdom, including five health workers in the city of Jeddah, were infected.

The death brings the nationwide toll in the world’s most-affected country to 68, with 189 people infected.

The Saudi health ministry, which announced the death, said five health workers – two women and three men – and three other people had been infected by MERS in Jeddah.

The announcement came days after panic over the spread of the virus among medical staff led to the closure of the emergency room at the city’s main public hospital.

Deadly virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said that it had been told of 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection worldwide, of which 88 were fatal.

MERS is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

Experts are still struggling to understand MERS, for which there is no known vaccine.

A study has said the virus has been “extraordinarily common” in camels for at least 20 years, and may have been passed directly from the animals to humans.

The UAE news agency WAM said on Friday an expatriate health worker had died from the virus and five others had been infected in the Gulf state. This followed Saudi reports last week of two deaths and nine other cases of infection in the kingdom, including among hospital staff.

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