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  1. jollyroger1

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    More Australian troops deployed
    February 2 2003
    The Sun-Herald

     The Federal Government has beefed up its preparations for war against Iraq with the announcement yesterday of a further deployment of fighter and transport aircraft and command centre personnel.

     Fourteen F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft, three C130 Hercules transport aircraft and an air forward command element will leave within weeks to join other troops in the Middle East. No dates were announced for departure.

     The extra forces will join HMAS Kanimbla, a Special Forces Task Group and an RAAF reconnaissance team which have been deployed over the past few weeks.

     Defence Minster Robert Hill says about 450 defence personnel will be involved in the deployment and will train with other coalition forces.

     Special forces support elements and a Navy clearance diver team are on stand-by, but no decision has been made to send them.

     The announcement coincides with statements yesterday by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer that the United Nations would authorise an attack if weapons inspectors continued to deliver "bad reports" to the Security Council.

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