Australian fighter jets strike Syria

CONFIRMATION Australian fighter jets have carried out their first air strikes on Islamic State targets inside Syria.

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews fronted the media on Wednesday morning to confirm that a Hornet fighter aircraft destroyed an IS armoured personnel carrier with a precision-guided missile.

The Minister took a defensive stance after being asked why he did not announce details of the strike earlier.  It took place two days ago.


Mr Andrews told reporters “we don’t normally announce the missions that occur almost on a daily basis”.

He added “on this occasion I was planning to make a ministerial statement which is a six monthly update of our operations in the Middle East and that’s due today”.

He plans to make a more detailed statement on Middle East operations to parliament this afternoon.