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It has been revealed Australian SAS soldiers are taking out ballistic missile sites in the west of Iraq.
Briefing reporters at Coalition Central Command, Australian contingent Commander Brigadier Maurie McNarn identified as a core SAS activity, protecting and disabling Iraqi ballistic missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction across its border.
He says the main focus is to ensure Iraqi forces do not get away ballistic missiles into neighbouring states.
In other operations, Brigadier McNarn says Australian FA /18 Hornets have been striking enemy tanks, defensive positions and barracks.
And Australian Navy divers have started sweeping for mines in Iraq's deep-water port of Umm Qasr.
Tanks from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards saw their first action last night in a series of battles with Iraqi resistance on the outskirts of Basra. Their Challenger 2 tanks took out 5 Russian built T55 tanks close to Basra International Airport. In a fierce battle lasting four hours the Scots DG encountered numerous enemy units less than a mile from their position. But the Scots Cavalry escaped unscathed as they eliminated a number of Iraqi units armed with rocket propelled grenades and three armoured personnel carriers as well as the Russian tanks.
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