Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Australian troops prepared to be in the combat when it comes. Howard still hasn't committed but, the comander in the field says they are ready to go.

Australian forces, including Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) soldiers and F/A-18 Hornet fighter-bombers, are set for a frontline role in any conflict with Iraq, the commander of Australia's 2,000 member contingent said today.

But Brigadier Maurie McNarn refused to say just what that role would be or when it might occur.

"But if the government requires us to go to operations, yes, we are ready," he told reporters.

"They would have active frontline roles. By their very nature, virtually all the forces we have got here are frontline and should the government choose to commit them, we expect that our forces will have key and frontline roles."

In event of conflict, SASR soldiers are tipped to infiltrate Iraq to look for hiding places for weapons of mass destruction and Iraqi military communications and command centres.

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