Australian fighter jets have made their first strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq, the Australian Defence Force said on Thursday, where a U.S.-led coalition is engaged in a fierce bombing campaign to weaken the group.

Last week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australian special forces troops would be deployed to Iraq and that its aircraft would also join the air strikes.

“Overnight the Australian Air Task Group operating in the Middle East attacked its first target in Iraq,” the Australian Defence Force said in a statement. […]