The Fight Against ISIS: UPDATE: UK Joins the fight.

  • Sep 25, 2014 6:31am GMT

The coalition of forces joining the United States in efforts to disrupt and degrade ISIL is growing. Canada has deployed 69 special forces advisers in Iraq and is considering doing more. France became the first country to join the air campaign (see video below). The Royal Australian Air Force sent personnel and aircraft this week including F/A-18F Super Hornets, a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport and an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. They have deployed approximately 600 ADF personnel in total where they will prepare to respond to future Government decisions regarding Iraq. (see video below). According to the White House the broader coalition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State consists of some 40 allies including Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and United Arab Emirates.

UPDATE: Six Tornado G4 fighters based in Cyprus since August but used only for reconnaissance, are expected to lead any British operations. Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK was there to "play our part and to help deal with this appalling terrorist organisation".