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.
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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.