Australia in Iraq (2003 – 2008)

We appreciate your patience while this page is under construction, bringing together material relating to the Australian deployments to Iraq between 2003 and 2008. 

Status of Forces Agreement – Iraq (2014)

According to News Corp correspondent Paul Toohey, while elements of the Iraqi government had expressed concerns about agreements to allow foreign ground troops into the country, including Australia Special Operations Task Group, “the Australian F/A-18F Super Hornets flying combat missions over Iraq operate under an agreement separate to the planned SoFA. It was negotiated between Baghdad […]

Special Operations Task Group

The Special Forces Task Group, initially made up of “up to 200 personnel” deployed in September 2014 was located initially at Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE. No details of the make-up of the SOTG were released, but according to Paul Toohey of News Corporation, the SOTG is “under the leadership of the 2nd Commando Regiment“. The […]

Air Task Group

In September 2014 the Australian government announced the deployment of an 600-person ADF contingent as part of a US-led coalition to attack Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) forces in Iraq. An initial RAAF element made up of: up to eight Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets a Boeing E-7A (737) Wedgetail airborne early warning & control aircraft an […]

Australian Embassy – Baghdad

Introduction Australian Embassy Baghdad International Zone, Baghdad Tel: +964 01 538 2100 Mobile: +964 780 923 7565 Email: austemb.baghdad@dfat.gov.au Consular Emergency (24 hours): +61 2 6261 3305 Ambassador (2015.08 – ): Christopher Langman Protection for the Australian Embassy in Baghdad was provided from 2003 to mid-2011 under Operation Kruger. Subsequently responsibility was handed over to a Dubai-based […]

2 October 2014 Swan Island incursion

Introduction On 2 October 2014, eight protesters from the Swan Island peace Convergence entered the restricted area of Swan Island, in two parties of four. After some time one group was arrested by Victoria Police in the military/SASR part of the facility located near its northeast tip. These protesters did not resist arrest, and the arrests […]

RAAF Base Curtin

Introduction Location: 17°36’18.0″S 123°49’15.0″E (-17.605000, 123.820833) Wikimapia; Google Maps RAAF Base Curtin is an Air Force facility located on the northern coast of Western Australia 40 kilometers southeast from the town of Derby. It is a so-called “bare-base” airfield, meaning that the base is minimally maintained by No. 322 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron (322ECSS) on a caretaker […]

HMAS Stirling – STSS

Secret satellite mission by US military teams, Philip Dorling, The Age, 8 February 2011 In what was codenamed Project Crok, personnel from the USAF space test group/space test operations squadron were deployed from Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico to HMAS Stirling south of Perth and Fort Direction near Hobart. The US teams worked […]

Fort Direction

  Secret satellite mission by US military teams, Philip Dorling, The Age, 8 February 2011 In what was codenamed Project Crok, personnel from the USAF space test group/space test operations squadron were deployed from Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico to HMAS Stirling south of Perth and Fort Direction near Hobart. The US teams […]

Modernised High Frequency Communications System – Riverina node

Introduction The Department of Defence has a cluster of communications facilities in the region of Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina, including the transmitter and receiver and elements of the Riverina node of the Modernised High Frequency Communications System (MHFCS), described by the local council as “home to some of the most advanced communication technology […]