The commencement of the operation to retake the city of Mosul is an important milestone in the campaign to defeat Daesh.

Freeing Mosul from Daesh will liberate its people from the terrorist group’s brutality and result in Daesh’s loss of its last major stronghold in Iraq.

Australia will provide an additional $10 million in life-saving support to Mosul’s civilians. This will include emergency food, medical assistance, temporary shelter and support to women and girls for reproductive health.

Today’s announcement is in addition to the $60 million Australia has provided to Iraq since 2014, which has delivered food to approximately one million people each month, shelter to 1.4 million displaced Iraqis, and access to health services for over 200,000 women.

This contribution brings Australia’s total humanitarian assistance to Iraq since June 2014 to $70 million.

The Australian Government has also provided $213 million in response to the Syrian crisis since 2011. Most recently we announced $220 million over three years to address the humanitarian and longer-term resilience needs in Syria and neighbouring countries.

In total our committed humanitarian and stabilisation assistance for both the Syria and Iraq crises since 2011 is over $500 million.

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