Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to media at the Garma site on the Gove Peninsula in North East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Prime Minister Tony Abbott together with ministers and parliamentary secretaries will run the country from Nhulunbuy making good on his election promise to spend time in remote indigenous communities this week.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to media at the Garma site on the Gove Peninsula in North East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Prime Minister Tony Abbott together with ministers and parliamentary secretaries will run the country from Nhulunbuy making good on his election promise to spend time in remote indigenous communities this week. AAP Image - Tracey Nearmy

Australians who could be killed by ADF "took their chances"

JIHADISTS hailing from Australia who could be killed by Australian forces in air strikes "took their chances" in joining the Islamic State, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday.

Mr Abbott made the comments a day after confirming 400 SAS troops and a further 200 military personnel would be sent to the Middle East in preparation for deployment in Iraq and Syria.

He said that any of the 60 reported Australian fighters with ISIS in Iraq "know the risks" and "took their chances" in joining what he described as a death cult that "exalts in evil".

But Mr Abbott said that Australian forces could be involved for "many, many months" in what is the latest United States-led military operation in Iraq.

Mr Abbott's announcement on Sunday was the most significant signal that Australian troops could soon be engaged in another conflict in Iraq, about five years after Australia's withdrawal from the last Iraq war.

While the Prime Minister said there were specific targets and outcomes a potential military operation would focus on, he could not give the details on what would be defined as a "success" when asked on ABC TV.

He said any definition of success would be that local authorities would have control over "substantial towns" and provide protection for Iraqis, despite the failure of the last Iraq war to secure such outcomes five years on.

Mr Abbott again stressed that Australian involvement in the emerging conflict was about "domestic security" concerns, saying that he wanted to prevent Australians from joining the conflict. - APN NEWSDESK


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