Operation Okra is the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to the military intervention against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) terrorist threat. As part of Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East, the operation began in August 2014, and its initial stated aim was to combat ISIL threats in Iraq. Australia’s contribution is being closely coordinated with the Iraqi Government, Gulf nations and a broad coalition of international partners.
In September 2015, the Australian airstrikes were extended to Syria.
Around 400 ADF personnel work under Operation Accordion to support operations, including Operation Okra, as well as personnel in the Australian/New Zealand-led task group Taji, the special operations task group (SOTG) and embedded personnel in the combined joint task force Operation Inherent Resolve, established by the US-led international coalition against ISIL....MORE