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Security detachment returns home from Iraq.



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SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate _______________________________________________________________________________________ Friday, 19 November 2004 218/2004 SECURITY DETACHMENT RETURNS HOME FROM IRAQ A group of 35 Australian soldiers returned home from Iraq today after a four-month tour of duty with the Australian security detachment, Defence Minister Robert Hill announced today. “The Australian security detachment has done an outstanding job in providing protection and escorting Australian Government personnel in Baghdad,” Senator Hill said. “These tasks were conducted effectively by the team which is a testimony to the professionalism and training of the Australian soldiers. “Their tactics, training and equipment have proved to be very effective in difficult and demanding conditions particularly during the attack on an Australian ASLAV convoy last month that resulted in injuries to three Australian Army soldiers.” The security detachment conducted dismounted and mounted patrols, providing protection using Australian Light Armoured vehicles as well as military and infantry police. Senator Hill said the team are to be commended for their work, which was complicated by ongoing threats from anti-Coalition forces that attacked and intercepted convoys. “They should all be proud of the significant contribution they have made towards the successful reconstruction and rehabilitation of the new Iraq.” The soldiers within the detachment were from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 5th/7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment and military police. The Northern Territory based soldiers were officially welcome home by the Commander of the 1st Brigade, Brigadier John Cantwell at Darwin International Airport.