AUSTRALIAN CONTRIBUTION TO THE IRAQ AND SYRIA CRISIS
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Operation OKRA

Australia: 1 July 2014 - ongoing

AO: 1 July 2014 - 8 August 2014 within the area comprising the land territory, internal waters, territorial seas and superjacent airspace of Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates as the waters and superjacent airspace of the Persian Gulf; 9 August 2014 — 8 September 2015 within the area comprising the land territory, internal waters, territorial seas and superjacent airspace of Albania, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Montenegro, Poland, Qatar, Romania and the United Arab Emirates, and the waters and superjacent airspace of the Persian Gulf; and on and after 9 September 2015, the land area, territorial waters and superjacent airspace of Iraq and Syria.

Nature of operation: Operation OKRA is the ADF's contribution to the international effort to combat the Daesh (also known as ISIL) terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria: 9 August 2014 to 8 September 2015 - Iraq / on and after 9 September 2015 - Iraq and Syria.

Deployed: About 780 ADF personnel have deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation OKRA. These personnel make up the Air Task Group (ATG), the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) and Task Group Taji (TG Taji). Approximately 400 personnel have been assigned to the ATG, approximately 80 personnel are assigned to the SOTG and approximately 300 personnel are assigned to TG Taji.

Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 4 May 2016: Warlike Service.

Awards: Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) - Greater Middle East Operation (GMEO) - 30 days.
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