I commando australiani potrebbero lavorare a fianco della Guardia Rivoluzionaria iraniana in Iraq contro l'ISIS
Il giornalista David Wroe in un articolo pubblicato dal quotidiano australiano "The Sydney Morning Herald" ha riportato che il Ministro della Difesa del paese oceanico avrebbe confermato l'ipotesi che le truppe australiane possano combattere fianco a fianco della Guardi Rivoluzionaria iraniana nella guerra contro l'ISIS in Iraq.
L'esponente del governo australiano avrebbe inoltre detto che la gravità della minaccia dell'ISIS impone una strategia che possa coinvolgere chiunque abbia interesse a fermare il gruppo estremista, sottolineando che gli iraniani e gli australiani si trovano in Iraq su richiesta delle autorità irachene.
Australian commandos could work alongside soldiers from the feared Iranian Quds forces in the battle against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Defence Minister David Johnston has said.
Senator Johnston said the crisis created by the Islamic State's brutal capture of vast tracts of territory was sufficiently acute that differences should be put aside in the common interest of stopping their reign of terror.
His remarks came as the government revealed that Australians were continuing to join extremist groups such as the Islamic State either as fighters or supporters, with the total now reaching about 185.
Senator Johnston, when asked whether Australia's commandos, who will advise and assist Iraqi forces, would work alongside Iranians, told Sky News: "They may be. I don't see a problem in that, given the nature of the threat."
The revelation highlights the complexity of the battle against the Islamic State, which has brought together a broad but brittle coalition of countries that are often usually at odds and whom, in many cases, are continuing to pursue their own interests on the side, even as they work in common to stop the militant Group.
Iran's Quds force – a special forces element of the Revolutionary Guard – has been involved in the fight against the militants in Iraq since at least June and has reportedly been pivotal to key victories by the Iraqi military and the Kurdish Peshmerga.
But there are fears the Shiite giant's military involvement in the country – typified by the Quds' powerful commander, Qasem Soleimani – underscores the sectarian dimension to the conflict and could drive Sunnis further into the embrace of the Islamic State.
A spokesman for Senator Johnston later said: "Australia is there at the invitation of the Iraqi government to advise and assist Iraqi forces ... lt is a matter of public record that Iraq has asked Iran has to disrupt and degrade ISIL."
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told Parliament on Monday afternoon that "at least 70 Australians are in Iraq and Syria fighting with the terrorist organisations now", which is up from 60 previously.
Including those who are supporting such organisations through activities such as recruitment and funding, about 185 Australians are known to be involved with extremists in the Middle East, she said – up from about 150.
Ms Bishop said the government's foreign fighters bill would give the government the "flexibility to be able to adapt to these changing circumstances and changing environment".
The bill, which the government has said it wants to pass by the end of this week, will give Ms Bishop the power to quickly suspend a person's passport if security agencies are concerned they mean to travel to fight with extremists. She revealed on Monday that she had cancelled 73 passports on national security grounds.
She will also be able to declare conflict areas as "no-go zones", making it an offence to travel there without an innocent reason.
The update on the numbers of Australians involved with extremist groups in the Middle East is the first in months. The figures of 60 citizens fighting and 150 involved in total have been used by security agencies and the government since at least June.
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