Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A stop-over in Iraq 

After meeting George Bush in Washington and Tony Blair in London (and having time to talk some sense to the media), on his way back, Australia's Prime Minister John Howard dropped in to see the Iraqi PM Jaffari and visit the Australian troops stationed in Al-Muthanna province in the south of the country, where they are providing security for Japanese military engineers.

"We have never had a war-like military tradition we Australians, we only deploy military force in a right and a just cause and we do it in a way that is sympathetic to the concerns and interests of local people and I warmly thank all of you for that," the Prime Minister told the troops.

Photos: Andrew Taylor, Reuters


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