Operation Okra is the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) contribution to the international Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
Daesh is also known as ISIS or ISIL. Australia's contribution is being closely coordinated with the Iraqi government, Gulf nations and a broad coalition of international partners known as the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
All ADF personnel as part of Operation OKRA are part of the Australian Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East.
Australia’s current focus is on enhancing the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces to prevent the resurgence of Daesh in Iraq. Despite being territorially defeated, Daesh continues to threaten our security interests. Australia will continue working closely with Coalition partners and the international community to achieve our shared goals of countering Daesh.
About 110 ADF personnel are deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation OKRA. This includes personnel in the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) and embedded personnel in CTJF-OIR .
Australia and New Zealand enjoyed great success in increasing the capability of the Iraqi Security Forces through our combined taskforce in Iraq.
Given the progress made at Taji the successful conclusion of our training contribution known as Task Group Taji was announced in June 2020.
The Coalition has now formally handed back Taji Military Complex to the Iraqi Security Forces.