Australia joins coalition to fight Islamic State

PERTH, Australia - Australia will deploy military forces and fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates to assist the international coalition in fighting Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday.
In response to a formal request from the United States, Australia will deploy a 600-strong force in the coming days in preparation for military action against Islamic State.
Abbott said the deployment was a "prudent and proportionate" contribution to the international coalition and that his government had not yet made the decision to commit troops to combat action.
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