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Is Australia right to send troops to Iraq to fight IS? Iraq war veterans and widows question whether their previous sacrifices were worth it.

Kellie Merritt became Australia’s first Iraq service widow nine years ago. Her husband Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel was killed when the British Hercules he was on crashed in Iraq in…

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Here We Go Again, by Paul Barratt

In this desperately complex situation, the nature and extent of Australian involvement is effectively in the hands of just three people—Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Defence…

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Taking the Fight to ISIL

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With the decision by the Australian government to go to war in Iraq having gained momentum with the recent arrest of alleged terrorists at home, Professor Ramesh Thakur argues that the logic behind this…

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Kellie Merritt, Australia’s first Iraq widow, is an anti-war campaigner. Parliament should listen to her

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Kellie Merritt can’t be dismissed as some sort of naïve peacenik for trying to put a brake on Australia’s apparently escalating involvement in American-led military operations in Iraq. She is…

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Don’t mention the war

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It’s time for a serious inquiry into our invasion of Iraq For months before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq the American, British and Australian governments were hard at work…

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