US Defence Secretary Ash Carter had asked coalition partners fighting Islamic State to consider expanding their contribution. Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne confirmed today that Australia has rejected the request.
It is understood that Australia doesn’t have the resources in terms of available aircraft and pilots to increase their contribution.
A spokesman said:
“Australia has considered the request from US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in light of the substantial contributions we are already making to train Iraqi security forces and to the air campaign.
The government has advised Secretary Carter that our existing contributions will continue.”
Australia however will make an “important contribution to command roles” through an increase in the number of personnel in coalition headquarters from 20 to 30.