Elements of 2nd Commando Regiment, other Special Operations Command units and additional Navy, Army and Air Force personnel, which form the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) are in the Middle East preparing to deploy to Iraq. Extensive preparations including planning, weapons training and logistical support has ensured SOTG are ready to deploy to Iraq.
SOTG will train and advise Iraqi and other security forces that are taking the fight to the ISIL terrorists. Approximately 200 personnel form the special forces commitment to Operation OKRA. This includes trainers and advisors, command, support, and logistics personnel.
Operation OKRA is the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) contribution to the international effort to combat the ISIL terrorist threat in Iraq. Australia’s contribution is being closely coordinated with the Iraqi government, Gulf nations and a broad coalition of international partners.