Defence minister can't name his opponent

Defence minister Kevin Andrews joined Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday to confirm the deployment of 330 Australian troops to Iraq. Australian troops will train and support a bid to reclaim territory from Islamic State fighters. However the announcement was marred when the Defence Minister was unable to name the head of the Islamic state movement.

When pressed on the issue on last night’s 7.30 report, the Defence minister argued that the Islamic State possessed a fluidity of leadership, eventually closing the question by saying he couldn’t comment on operational issues.

7.30 host Leigh Sales admitted she was surprised the defence minister couldn’t name the head of IS, especially when US State Department has a $10m bounty on his head.

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