Australia was sending two unarmed air force planes to support U.S.-led coalition combat operations against the Islamic State movement in Iraq, but would not yet launch its own airstrikes, the prime minister said Wednesday.

An E-7A Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft and a KC-30A refueling plane will join operations from the al-Minhad Air Base outside Dubai, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament.

Cabinet ministers were awaiting final clearances from the Iraqi government before deciding on combat missions, Abbott said. […]