No end in sight? The government announced today that it has given the go-ahead to bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, which could start as soon as this week. A tipster tells us that we shouldn’t expect the deployment to be over quickly, according to emails sent to RAAF reservists yesterday:
“Looks like it won’t be a quick in and out bombing raid for Syria. The Abbott government has already committed the RAAF to the long term in the middle East, offering RAAF reservists overseas postings up to the end of 2017. Yesterday RAAF reservists received an email offering them a six-month posting to Iraq or UAE anytime between now and the end of 2017. Said reservists will earn $150k per 6 month stint.”
In April the Prime Minister said that the current deployment to Iraq would be reviewed in 12 months, but its future seems longer than that. We asked Defence whether the emails had been sent and how long it expected Australia to be in the Middle East, but didn’t hear back by deadline.