BTN term 4 week 1

These Hercules planes have a big job to do. They’ve been dropping supplies to people here, in this part of Iraq. It’s going to the people and it’s saving their lives. But Australia is delivering something else to Iraq, too: weapons and ammunition.
Well it’s all got to do with this group called Islamic State, or IS. IS has taken over several of Iraq’s cities, and is also killing innocent people from other countries.
The US answered the call with airstrikes, and Australia also wants to help stop Islamic state. But how? One option would be to send in combat troops, but Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has refused to do that, because Australia spent most of the last decade fighting a deadly war there already. That’s one of the reasons why the Australian Government agreed to deliver weapons and ammunition to those fighting IS instead. The guns, bullets and other explosives might help win battles, but importantly Australian soldiers won’t be put at risk. Think of it as a way of helping defeat an enemy without doing the fighting yourself. And it’s a fairly common thing for countries to do.
There have been plenty of times throughout history, where countries have supplied weapons to each other during war. That support can make a big difference, but it doesn’t always work out entirely as planned. And that’s what some people are worried about in Iraq.
Sometimes the weapons can end up in the wrong hands, or cause problems over time. Especially because there’s no way to control what they’re used for after they’re given away. That’s exactly what happened in the eighties. America gave weapons to the previous government of Iraq to help them fight Iran, only to fight against the same Iraqi government, and against some of those same weapons, just a few years later, and then again in 2003.
While some people are for it, and say we should help however we can, others say we shouldn’t get involved at all. But Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, says Islamic State needs to be stopped. And weapon drops might be a safer way to help make that happen.

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