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Australia Sending Troops, Aircraft to Halt IS Militants' Advance

Australia is sending 600 troops and aircraft to the Middle East in preparation for U.S.-led military action against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Iraq.  Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Washington had specifically requested that Australia take part in the international mission against the Sunni militants who have captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.   Tony Abbott says the Islamic State group is a “murderous death cult” that poses a threat not just to the people...

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