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Australia’s Military History in the 1990s and the 21st Century

Part of the Australia’s Military History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

After 1990 Australia again started sending troops overseas for combat operations, although on a much smaller scale than in earlier wars. The Australian forces were part of coalition operations, generally led by the United States.

  • Gulf War, 1991. Australia sent mainly ships to assist the US-led coalition in the war with Iraq. There were no Australian deaths.

  • Afghanistan, 2001‒02. Australia sent units from the three services to assist the United States. The SAS took part in several fierce battles.

  • Iraq War 2003. Australia sent units from the three services to assist the US-led coalition in the invasion of Iraq. The SAS had several small battles but there were no Australian deaths.

  • Iraq 2005‒09. Australia sent units from the three services to assist the US-led coalition maintain security in a vicious guerrilla war, but there were no Australian combat deaths.

  • Afghanistan, 2005‒present. Australia sent units from the three services to assist the force organised by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The major Australian contribution was engineers, special operations troops and small numbers of infantry. There had been 16 deaths by June 2010.

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