I guess Australians are bored
- Question of the day: Are Western politicians fucking stupid?
- Australia has to "sneak" their troops into Iraq disguised as diplomats because the Iraqis won't protect them. Yeah, I really want to come home as a triple amputee having defended that bunch of assholes.
AUSTRALIAN Special Forces have entered Iraq without a formal Status of Forces Agreement and will instead travel on diplomatic passports that will give them the legal protections they need.
It is understood about 100 Special Forces, led by the 2nd Commando Regiment, are now in Baghdad. All the 200-strong group’s weapons and kit — including new Bushmaster vehicles — are already in the country.
Until several days ago, the Special Forces had been stalled on a base in the United Arab Emirates since arriving in mid-September because no legal agreement had been reached with Iraq.
The newly formed Iraqi government was reluctant to sign a Status of Forces Agreement, or SoFA.
SoFAs protect visiting forces from civilian prosecution and formalise the presence of foreign force in another country, and it is believed Iraq considered this too great an incursion on their sovereign rights.
|Australian troops in Afghanistan|
Horror! The Russians are Coming
Australians send 3rd warship to "halt" a Russian
flotilla headed to the G20 summit.
Both Parramatta and Stuart are understood to be carrying Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopters, although defence sources said it was unlikely that a Russian submarine is in the area reports National News.
TRANSLATION: The politicians in all nations need to beat their chests like gorillas to impress the folks back home about how powerful and in change they are.
In this case it is "we are going to show those Russians a thing or two."
the truth. That sending warships to summits is simply business as usual.
|Defence released a statement saying that Russian warships had been deployed to previous international summits including the 2009 APEC meeting in Singapore and the visit of President Medvedev to San Francisco in 2010.|
Usually wrong, but always entertaining.