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Chief of the Defence Forces Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin has given a public statement regarding the counter terrorism measures which will be announced later today.
He says targeting Daesh or Isis including is becoming more difficult due to the difference in international and domestic laws.
Domestic law restricts the ability for us to target elements of Daesh that would otherwise be lawful under international law. And the limitation here is that under domestic law, we can only target those Daesh forces that are taking a direct and active part in hostilities. It doesn’t allow us to target those important supporting elements that are key to their fighting ability, for example their logistics and support organisations.
Government has today announced that it’s provided the full authority needed to target all members of organised armed groups such as Daesh in accordance with international law.
This is important to me because it allows us to target combat and support elements of Daesh but it’s also important to me because it removes the ambiguity that my people operate under, including through legislative change, which government will talk about more in the next couple of days.