Australian Troops Bound for Mission on Syria-Israel Border

An Australian solider guards an area during a joint street patrol with Iraqi security forces in Sammawa, south of Baghdad June 22, 2006. REUTERS/Mohammed Jalil/Pool
REUTERS/Mohammed Jalil/Pool

SBS News Australia reports:  Australian and Fijian soldiers will be deployed to a disputed region between Syria and Israel on a United Nations peace-keeping mission. The troops are awaiting final U.N. approval before travelling to the disputed territory of Golan Heights.

A Department of Defence spokeswoman confirmed the mission has nothing to do with the United States’ recent withdrawal from north-eastern Syria, on the other side of the country.

“I just met some of the [Australian Defence Force] boys upstairs who are going to be deployed with the Fijians over in Syria,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told his hand-picked rugby league team in Suva on Friday before they played their Fijian counterparts.

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