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AUSTRALIAN TROOPS DEPART
troops have departed
The 470 Australian troops have now moved to
Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston has praised the men and women of the Al Muthanna Task Group and the success they have achieved during the course of their important mission.
“Our three rotations of personnel to Al Muthanna have provided an outstanding contribution to the reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in the province. Their success across a range of tasks has helped considerably with the transition of Al Muthanna to Iraqi control. All Australians can be justifiably proud of the work performed since May 2005”, Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
their new role at Tallil, the Australian troops will provide support to Iraqi
Security Forces in a crisis if requested
by the Iraqi Government and the Multi-National Force -
The Overwatch Battle Group is looking forward to its new role, maintaining its engagement with the people of Al Muthanna from its new location. The men and women of the Overwatch Battle Group have built strong and trusted relationships with provincial leaders and the Iraqi Army in Al Muthanna, who they have supported and mentored throughout their deployment to that province. This relationship will continue through regular visits as part of their overwatch duties.
troops arrived at
The Australian task group also managed a Civil Military Cooperation Program which employed local people to undertake work that will benefit their own communities. 19 projects have been completed including: renovation of a grain silo, abattoir, and media centre (to support radio, television and print media), establishment of a veterinary centre, ambulance station and mobile health clinic supporting a doctor, dentist and optometrist.
of the Australian troops follows the transfer of
security responsibility in Al Muthanna to the Iraqi
Government on 13 July. The transfer of security to Provincial Iraqi Control in
Al Muthanna province is an important step towards the
Iraqi Government taking control of its own security across
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