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Players and Hird bid to stop ASADA

Essendon, its 34 current and former players and James Hird have warned ASADA they will seek an injunction that would stop the issuing of infraction notices if the drugs body does not halt the investigation.

Lawyers representing Essendon, the 34 players with show cause notices and Hird have each sent letters to ASADA today requesting a halt to the investigation, or it will seek what sources said was ”an urgent injuction” to have any further action – such as infraction notices – stopped.

Those representing Essendon, the players and Hird want ASADA to allow their case to be determined in the Federal court before ASADA takes any further action. The AFL, on the recommendation of an independent doping panel, could issue infraction notices before the case is heard – an outcome that the club, the players and exiled coach are seeking to prevent.

ASADA only has to give the players 10 days to respond to the show cause notices, prompting the players to ask for an extension – which ASADA said it is considering.

The Federal court hearing is due to begin on June 27, meaning that ASADA could issue infractions before the matter is heard. Essendon is seeking to challenge the legality of the joint AFL-ASADA investigation, and to have the investigation shut down. The club contends that the joint investigation was unlawful.

Essendon wanted an answer from ASADA by 10am Thursday, while the legal team acting for the players requested a response earlier, by 5pm Wednesday. ASADA had not yet responded to a previous request by the club. The letters suggest that each party will injunct ASADA if it does not comply with their wish.

Essendon and the players’ legal teams – and those of Hird – have been united in their wish to have the case heard in the Federal court, where Justice Middleton will preside. The AFL has said Essendon is entitled to take legal action as it sees fit and has largely stayed out of the conflict between the club and the drugs body, whose chief executive Ben McDevitt has been forceful in his public comments since the show cause notices were sent out.

Essendon is being acted for by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Peter Young, QC, while the players’ legal team is spearheaded by Tony Hargraves and David Grace, QC, with the AFL Players’ Association’s legal counsel Brett Murphy supporting them. Hird is being represented by Steven Amendola, with constitutional law specialist Peter Hanks, QC, and Nick Harrington also in the coach’s legal corner.

ASADA’s chief executive can grant an extension for the players to respond to the show cause notices, recognising the difficulties that players may have in responding to the notices in that time.

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Where will the pool money come from?

Pool discussionCarol Veldhuyzen puts up a very convincing argument as to why Port Lincoln should have a heated indoor aquatic centre (Times, June 17) and for the most part I agree with her reasoning.
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Carol quotes statistics and the results of council’s survey, but what Carol is not revealing is that 10 per cent of the survey respondents are neither residents nor ratepayers in Port Lincoln so one would assume they would all agree with a new pool and taxing the ratepayers to help fund it.

When you discount the opinions of that 10 per cent there is less than 3 per cent of the city’s residents who participated in the survey.

What about the other 97 per cent?

Do we ignore their opinions because they failed to complete the survey or should we make a better attempt at seeking their opinion?

As I said, Carol’s reasoning is sound, but I ask – at what cost?

I do not believe that a city of 14,000 people with 8200 rateable properties can afford an aquatic centre that has been costed at $17 million.

At this week’s council meeting the council adopted a plan to borrow $10.2 million in the next two years, but where will the other $6.8 million come from?

I would like a new bright red Ferrari but I can’t have it because I can’t afford it.

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey is trying to convince us that we have to learn to live within our means, but apparently Port Lincoln does not have to be part of this.

While previous councils have operated within this principal, delivering considerable community infrastructure and upgrades with no debt and rate rises of only 30 per cent in the 10 years from 2000 to 2010, this current council has raised rates and charges by almost 30 per cent in four years as well as planning to have the city in debt of over $ 10 million by 2016.

Future rate rises are planned to be 80 per cent by 2024.

I ask that the community remembers this when council elections are held later this year. I will not be part of it.


Port Lincoln City Council councillor (for not much longer)

We have plenty of water available

I’m sending this photograph of Port Lincoln’s very own Tod River flooding after our mid-June rain.

This is merely what is flowing out to sea by the airport after what water is caught by the Tod Reservoir.

With Port Lincoln’s water supply diminishing, talks of desalination plants make me shudder.

It seems to be the quick fix answer, but at a cost my grand kids will have to pay off.

Adelaide’s desal unit was at a huge cost the state couldn’t afford, especially when it is not even being used.

As with the Adelaide Oval being revamped successfully, we should be revamping the Tod Reservoir and also catching runoff on the sea side of it.

By utilising the Tod again it would take the pressure off our underground basins. Using the combination of both it just may solve Port Lincoln’s water problems.

Watching the runoff down the streets, heading to Liverpool Street, and flooding it has started my thought process that we should be utilising the free water we have.


Port Lincoln

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Creek crossings flowing for riders

RIDING: Pearl Dessart riding Wally at Milton Stephens’ property at Yallunda Flat. Photograph: Images of Iris Photography
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THE Eyre Peninsula Equestrian Association Riding Club rode at Milton Stevens and Jodie Hare’s property at Yallunda Flat on Sunday, June 1 in perfect riding conditions.

Once a short shower had passed, 18 riders mounted up and headed off, knowing that a ride among some beautiful countryside was in store.

The club is always thankful to hosts for inviting riders twice a year into their home to share and experience some fantastic riding opportunities.

Yallunda Flat has spectacular heritage and large timbered hills, and pastoral and grazing farmland, which makes for an ideal setting for a trail ride.

The regrowth from the 2005 bushfire had grown dense and tall, exciting riders by single file trail as they made their way through the dense growth without leaving much of a footprint.

There are always native animals and plants to admire, and the creek crossings were flowing, but also the evidence of investigative mining, which always saddens riders to some degree and they can only hope this area is left untouched in the future.

One of the youngest riders on the day was Pearl Dessart. She rode brilliantly on Wally, a borrowed horse from Milton Stevens that she hadn’t ridden before, and after lunch she swapped horses with Sarah Hare to Compass, who was also a new mount for Pearl. It was wonderful to see such confidence in the junior riders.

Younger riders on the day were Maya Lloyd on Zac, Rochelle Milnes on Murphy, Sasha Povey on Tinkerbell, Sarah Hare on Compass and then after lunch Wally, and Zahli Liddicoat on Jessie.

This group laughed and chattered enjoying the great outdoors with their ponies.

Many riders took advantage of fallen logs along the way with Karen Milnes on Johnny, Grace Kemp on Gus, Kathy Nottle on Billy Bob, and Nadine Davies on Monsignor and a few juniors all having a go at the logs.

Other adult riders were Cheryl Ganley, Glenn Fowler on Brown Boy, Lisa Povey on Gabby, Jodie Hare on Cass, Milton Stevens on Hope, Judith Searle on Ranger, Kali Searle on Kat, and Sandi Burke riding Sunny.

Milton Stevens and Jodie Hare will be hosting a spring ride as a Saving Our Sustainability (SOS) fundraiser for SOS activities, with lunch provided. For further information about this ride call SOS chairperson Milton Stevens on 8688 5032.

The club meets for a trail ride on the first Sunday of each month. Please call Sandi Burke on 0428 846 135 or Judith Searle on 0428 846 133 for information.

There is also a juniors club that meets once a month at the Mortlock Park grounds in Tumby Bay. Contact Nikki Bowers on 0455 682 589 for further details.

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Councils review mine impact

HOUSING for potentially hundreds of Iron Road mine workers will be part of a master plan being investigated by the Wudinna District Council.
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Iron Road has submitted the development application for its Central Eyre Iron Project infrastructure to the state government detailing the infrastructure to be located outside the proposed mining lease at Warramboo including its Cape Hardy port at Port Neill, a workers village and a rail, power and water corridor.

Wudinna District Council chief executive officer Alan McGuire said accommodation for 200 to 300 people could be required at Wudinna along with the mine site construction camp.

He said so many additional people living in the town would impact other infrastructure such as the hospital and school.

“We’re just trying to envisage what that’s going to look like,” he said.

On Tuesday the council gave the green light to investigating a structural master plan on potential infrastructure.

Mr McGuire said the plan would look at where new residential areas could go and what would be required in terms of other infrastructure.

“We’re trying to get ahead of the game on this.

“We’ll look at securing information about the specialist advice that’s available and whether we can get supported funding.”

The council will now be able to use information from the company’s development application details.

“It’s a positive development and gives us something we can work with.

“While we’ve had many discussions with the company it’s only ever been in terms of ‘what ifs’.

“We’ve talked about it for awhile but realised we were getting ahead of ourselves and didn’t want to invest a lot of money on a maybe.

“Now we’ll start to get more specific detail about their project intent and that will give us some direction regarding to how we need to respond.

“We haven’t yet heard anything on whether they will be able to secure funding for the project which we’re all waiting on.”

Tumby Bay District Council chief executive officer Trevor Smith said the council would find out the details of the application and how they would affect the district at a meeting with the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy in early July.

Tumby Bay District Council chief executive officer Trevor Smith said the the Cape Hardy port could generate potential long-term benefits for the Tumby Bay district in terms of employment, with a workers accommodation camp at the port end and the mine end.

He said the Cape Hardy port could generate potential long-term benefits for the Tumby Bay district in terms of employment, with a workers accommodation camp at the port end and the mine end.

While the initial construction phase – about two to three years – was expected to involve fly-in fly-out workers, the company would most likely require a stable locally-based long-term workforce.

Cleve District Council chief executive officer Peter Arnold said the most significant effect on the Cleve district would be the creation of a new rail corridor from the most northern to the most southern boundaries.

“The new corridor is expected to create up to an additional 12 rail crossings across our district.

“Council will be ensuring that any new rail crossings are constructed in a manner and to a standard to minimise inconvenience and address safety concerns of all road users.”

He said the council was waiting for more detailed information from the company before determining further details on how the district would be affected.

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Leisure centre pool helped me to world championships

Pool success storyMine is one of many stories to have come from the leisure centre pool here in Port Lincoln.
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I was brought up on a farm near Lock and so didn’t have the opportunity to learn to swim, I somehow managed to survive our once a year holiday at the beach without drowning!

At the age of 50 I started taking swimming lessons at the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre, something I could not have done in the sea.

My instructors were horrified; I could not float, I swam backwards, couldn’t breathe and so on. I have also noticed several other “retired farmers” taking lessons of late and learning to swim at the leisure centre pool.

Two years later in 2000 I entered my first triathlon (swim, bike, run) and managed to get through the swim leg and finish the event, what a feeling that was!

I have since competed in many different triathlon events with swim distances ranging from 750 metres up to a lengthy 3.8 kilometre swim in the ironman event.

This has only been possible thanks to the many swimming lessons given by Carol Veldhuyzen, Sylvia Dansie and Deb Wareing at the leisure centre pool.

While I swim in the sea over the warmer months, the lessons given at the leisure centre pool would have been impossible in an open air environment.

Fast forward 13 years to 2013 when I competed in two ironman triathlon events and finished both. They involved a first up 3.8 kilometre ocean swim, one with a wetsuit (Melbourne, definite help) and one without a wetsuit (Hawaiian Ironman).

That was a fantastic feeling but I also raised over $6000 leading up to the Hawaiian Ironman (Ironman Foundation), to repair plumbing in a secondary school in Tanzania.

Over my time swimming at the leisure centre, I still swim there two to three times a week, I can’t help but notice the other people involved in aquarobics, swim fit, learn to swim, rehabilitation etc.

There is no better way to exercise if you have had a knee or hip replacement. Water is a non-weight bearing medium. It is much easier for overweight/obese people to exercise in a pool; in fact the pool is the best exercise facility in the city as it caters for the very young and very old and all ages in between.

It is not gender or age specific and is open all year round; you can swim there any month of the year!

Obviously there are some people in the community who believe a swimming pool is an extravagance, if you haven’t been there or don’t go there it would appear that way.

But take the time to visit, sit down for an hour or two and observe those using the pool. You will be surprised at the different ages, the different programs, the different swimming styles (?) but most of all the number of people using the facility.

Children as young as six months take swimming lessons, which is most appropriate as children drowning in backyard swimming pools is something we don’t want. Conversely you don’t hear of many children drowning in the sea!

Is that because they have learnt water safety at a pool?

There are some people now making statements on the future of a pool in Port Lincoln having had the benefits of the leisure centre pool in the past but are now willing to deny future generations the same; this is shameful on their behalf.

The climax of my swimming story from the leisure centre pool was undoubtedly taking part in the 2013 Hawaiian Ironman World Championships, not only learning to swim but being able to swim 3.8 kilometres competently!


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Gingin wear purple bras to support breast cancer

Photos courtesy of Carolyn Loftus from around Gingin’s Purple Bra Fundraising Day. Photos courtesy of Carolyn Loftus from around Gingin’s Purple Bra Fundraising Day.
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Photos courtesy of Carolyn Loftus from around Gingin’s Purple Bra Fundraising Day.

Photos courtesy of Carolyn Loftus from around Gingin’s Purple Bra Fundraising Day.

While offices and homes across Western Australia have been a sea of purple for Purple Bra Day, the people of Gingin had hundreds of purple bras dressing up the entire town.

Wearing a purple bra on the outside of your clothing was the fashion of the day.

This year the 2014 Purple Bra Day is hoping to raise $500,000 with Western Australians young and old, male and female taking part in the annual event to help Breast Cancer Care WA.

Last Monday, the Gingin Country Women’s Association and Red Cross held a Purple Bra long table morning tea, organised to supply local businesses with homemade biscuits, slices and scones with jam and purple cream.

Nearly 100 morning teas were delivered to Gingin businesses for a donation.

Several of the businesses in Brockman Street were wearing an array of bras across their shop front. Inside the Shire of Gingin admin office there was a display of purple bras. The entrance to the Granville Hall was lined with an array of purple bras.

One of the Gingin Purple Bra Day organisers, Karyn Collins, told the Sun City News they raised $1200 this year.

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SELGA supports moratorium on unconventional gas extraction

THE SE Local Government Association will support a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction in the SE to allow comprehensive independent analysis and advice.
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At its June meeting in Naracoorte on June 13 the local government body, after lifting the moratorium issue off the table from its previous meeting, decided after lengthy discussion to make its voice heard at State Government level.

One of Beach Energy’s gas exploration sites just out of Penola.

Robe District Council mayor Peter Riseley was particularly vocal, saying a moratorium would allow stakeholders to gain information before gas extraction occurs.

“This is an extremely important and pertinent issue in the SE,” he said, citing the vast amount of correspondence his council and others have received from the community on the issue.

“We do need this safeguard (a moratorium) in place while all other methodologies are explored.”

Initially mayor Risely had moved that SELGA forward a resolution supporting a moratorium on unconventional gas exploration and operations within the SE to the SA Regional Organisation of Councils and LGA, seeking their support and requesting they lobby relevant politicians.

Kingston District Council mayor Evan Flint did not disagree completely with a moratorium but felt the best way was to appeal to the State opposition to gain majority in a parliamentary vote.

“I don’t know, I know the Liberals won’t support it (a moratorium) but they are still looking to have their parliamentary enquiry,” he said.

“I believe we need to run something the opposition agree with, then we can sway the two independents.

“We should be doing something half the parliament supports rather than something none of them support.”

Mr Flint, who was supported in his views by the Tatiara District Council, said the Labor Government would not support a moratorium anyway.

“If you go to Minister Koutsantonis with a moratorium he’s not going to wear it,” he said.

Grant District Council mayor Richard Sage believed a moratorium was the best move forward.

“A parliamentary enquiry was held about the sale of the forests,” he said. “Where did that get us?

“I think we should push ahead with the motion before us.”

After further discussion the moratorium was dropped from this motion and delegates resolved to seek scientific information from the Federal Government’s “Independent Expert Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Mining Development” on the possible impact of tight gas and shale gas exploration and development on the vital water resources of the Limestone Coast.

It also called on the Federal Government to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to include “tight gas” and “shale gas” under the definition of mining activities where water resources are deemed to be “of national environmental significance”.

Thirdly, it voted to have the State Government require shale gas, tight gas and geothermal developers obtain a water allocation before extracting water from underground aquifers, to ensure consistency for all water-using industries in the region.

The delegates also called for legislative changes by the State Government to require exclusion zones around towns, tourism regions and private dwellings for gas and geothermal developments and to require landholder approval before entering land for gas or geothermal exploration and production.

Robe mayor Peter Risely was foreboding in his outlook on the future.

“This is still only a partial trip down a very long road,” he said. “There is a huge concern in the community.”

The meeting then supported a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction in the region until such time as independent analysis is undertaken, and the requests made to the State and Federal Governments have been addressed.

Mr Flint was still unsure and held firm that SELGA should approach the State Liberal Party.

“What’s the fall-back if they (the State Government) say ‘We’re not going to support the moratorium’?” he asked.

Liberal member for Mount Barker Troy Bell spoke up to give an insight to his party’s movements, which were touted as possibly in motion early this week.

“There are moves afoot from the Liberal Party starting that process quite independent of anything that comes out of today,” he said.

“Looking into a parliamentary enquiry into fracking in the SE.”

A move to formally encourage the opposition to pursue the parliamentary enquiry was laid on the table.

To ensure an ongoing dialogue on the issue SELGA resolved to establish a State and Local Government taskforce in the mould of a similar body on the Eyre Peninsula to examine all relevant research, community engagement and legislative matters relating to the impact of mining activity in the SE.

– This discussion came as Beach Energy, the company responsible for two exploration wells near Penola which truly kicked off this debate within the community, indicated in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange there was good exploration potential for gas and liquids at those wells (Jolly-1 and Bungaloo-1).

The company also announced it will focus on conventional gas exploration as a priority instead of the controversial hydraulic fracturing method.

Beach has also acquired a 20 per cent interest in the offshore exploration permit in the Otway Basin from 3D Oil Limited.

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From the editor’s desk – Thursday 19 June 2014

The end of June, each year, is known mainly as the start of ‘tax time’ as millions of Australians try to get back some money from the ATO by submitting a tax return.
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At the Sun City News, the end of the financial year is the celebration of the birth of the publication – July 1997.

Over the years, the Sun City News has endured ‘blitzing’ from the multi-national (News Limited and WA Newspapers) group of publications including their creation of a direct opposition publication – We saw this as recognition of what we have achieved, and what they see as competition.

Looking forward, as editor of the Sun City News, several of our growth plans are advancing – Starting in July, there will be at least two new features starting; we intend to increase our local content and photos section even bigger; and planning for a weekly Sun City News is being developed.

At the Sun City News, we strongly recognise the support and efforts of all our advertisers, past and present – Without this support the newspaper industry would not survive.

Equally, Sun City News readers have been very supportive – They support our advertisers, they contribute news articles and photos and follow us regularly online.

On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone who has advertised or provided news articles or news tip.

I would also like to extend an invitation to past advertisers and all new businesses looking to advertise to contact me and ‘let’s do a deal’ – Currently we have some great affordable advertising packages deals, with up to 50 per cent discount.

Starting in the new financial year, we will be looking at setting up a ‘local business network group’, with network meetings, guest speakers, long table meetings and plenty of local business advice and help.

If you would like to be part of setting up this group, please give me a call on 0414 425 858 or email, [email protected]南京夜网.au with your business

name and contact details.

Finally, the Sun City News will be at the Yanchep Central Small Business EXPO, don’t forget to drop your business card into the ‘win free advertising’ draw.

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Van Gaal expects Socceroos to attack

Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal. Photo: Getty ImagesPorto Alegre: While Australia tries to figure a way to beat the Netherlands, the Dutch are concerned with which way they will beat Australia. That, distilled, was the essence of Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal’s pre-match media briefing at the Beira-Rio stadium on Tuesday.
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Van Gaal himself was urbane and respectful. When asked if he expected an ultra-defensive Australian formation to counter a team that beat Spain 5-1, he replied: “I do not expect Australia to have a defensive game. In fact, I expect Australia to play an offensive game. Tim Cahill is one of the main qualities of the Australian team, so I do think they will be playing much more offensively than anyone in this room thinks. I think their coach is a very good coach.”

But earlier, when contemplating to what extent the cooler weather in Porto Alegre would speed up the game, Van Gaal canvassed another scenario.

“I think it makes a huge difference whether your play in Porto Alegre or Manaus (in the steamy north),” he said. “Here, you can play fast. At the same time, we shouldn’t also forget about the game of the adversary. If they are playing 10 men behind the ball, it will still be difficult to make pace. It’s not just climate, it’s also tactics.”

Star forward Wesley Sneijder was wary, noting the quirk by which the Netherlands have never beaten Australia.

“We’ve played three times and we didn’t win, so it will be a difficult match,” he said. “We all know this. After the 5-1 win, everyone will take the light view on this, but we will not. We must know how to play against this team. It might well happen that they will be very defensive. It might need another system. Only the coach knows.”

This was the nub of the dialogue. It has been since Van Gaal took charge and began to tinker theretically with that proud Dutch invention, total football. Van Gaal is not for the turning. “We have played total football. Nothing’s changed in that respect,” he said. “In the Netherlands, there is a view that you have to play 4-3-3 to play the Dutch system. I have a different view on that.”

5-3-2, 4-3-3 or another variation; this is the conversation that never ends. Against Spain, it was 5-3-2. Van Gaal observed that 4-3-3, with its extra frontman, would put greater pressure on Australia.

“But it doesn’t always yield results,” he said.

He knows that having torn up scripture, he cannot win except by winning. “If I’d used the 4-3-3 against Spain, there would have been criticism as well,” he said. “I don’t think it makes any difference.”

Van Gaal and Sneijder both averred that except when jumping for headers, the Dutch team was keeping its feet on the ground. “We haven’t earned anything yet,” said Van Gaal.

“We haven’t even made it to the next round.” Schneider said it was pleasing that the younger players, who might easily have their heads in the clouds after the Spain result, were looking no further ahead than Australia. “We all know that we have only earned three points,” he said.

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Iraq crisis: 8 things Obama can do

Washington: President Barack Obama has still not revealed how he might respond to the crisis in Iraq. On Monday evening he met with his Secretary of Defence, Secretary of State and Attorney-General at the White House as well as national security advisers.
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But in keeping with his recent declaration to reporters that the key to foreign policy was not to ”do stupid shit”, the President signalled that people should not expect an immediate response.

”Just to give people a sense of – of timing here, you know, although events on the ground in Iraq have been happening very quickly, our ability to plan – whether it’s military action or work with the Iraqi government on some of these political issues – is going to take several days,” he said.

”So people should not anticipate that this is something that is going to happen overnight. We want to make sure that we – we have good eyes on the situation there. We want to make sure that we gathered all the intelligence that’s necessary so that if in fact I do direct and order any actions there, that they’re targeted, they’re precise and they’re going to have an effect.”

But around Washington, DC, his limited options are already being debated.

1. Protecting American personnel

Obama will use whatever force he believes necessary to protect America’s embassy and citizens. He has already notified Congress that about 275 troops equipped for full combat have been deployed to help protect America’s embassy. The Pentagon has said 170 arrived in Baghdad over the weekend while another 100 moved into the broader region.  There are conflicting reports that another 100 special forces troops may have been dispatched to the region to help with training and targeting should air strikes be approved.

2. Full military intervention

Obama has already said he will not send troops into Iraq to engage in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), beyond strengthening the force already charged with securing America’s embassy. Obama was elected to extract the US from Iraq and shows no inclination to veer from that path. Defence One, and to the Obama administration which could demonstrate that it was taking significant action. However, drones are less powerful than air strikes, may kill civilians and demand good ground intelligence.

5. Intelligence and logistical support of Iraq

The US has already increased its drone surveillance since the ISIL attacks and is sharing intelligence with Iraq. About $15 billion in equipment, training and services have already been sent to Iraq since 2011, but more assistance is planned. The US recently sent 300 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and another 200 are on the way, the White House said last week. In addition the US delivered 24 armed reconnaissance helicopters, 10 reconnaissance drones, thousands of rifles, millions of rounds of ammunition, and special operations forces began a month of counter-terrorism training with Iraqi soldiers. According to the State Department further arms sales have been expedited. Iraq is spending more than $100 million to buy as many as 200 heavily armed Humvees and a deal worth billions of dollars will create an advanced air defence system for the Iraqi government. Lockheed Martin is selling 36 F-16 fighter jets to Baghdad, with the first planes scheduled for delivery before the end of the year and the administration is selling Iraq 24 Apache attack helicopters.

6. Increased co-operation with Iran

The United States’ second top diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State William Burns has already spoken about the crisis with Iranian officials on the sidelines of nuclear negotiations in Vienna. The meeting came after Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with Yahoo News he would be open to ”discussions if there is something constructive that can be contributed by Iran, if Iran is prepared to do something that is going to respect the integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and ability of the government to reform”. The Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby clarified on Monday that this would not include military co-ordination. The United States has ”no intentions, no plans to co-ordinate military activities with Iran”. The Guardian has reported that Iran has already sent 2000 advance troops to help repulse the ISIL attack. AP has reported that the US was notified of the deployment in advance.

7. Allow for the splintering of Iraq

Another option being discussed in DC is allowing Iraq to devolve into a federation along ethnic and religious lines. This idea first gained prominence here in 2006 when then-senator Joe Biden argued in favour of a ”soft partition” of Iraq, allowing Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites to govern their own autonomous regions within Iraq, under a weak central authority based in Baghdad. ”Some will say moving toward strong regionalism would ignite sectarian cleansing. But that’s exactly what is going on already, in ever-bigger waves,” Biden wrote in a 2006 New York Times op-ed.  ”Others will argue that it would lead to partition. But a breakup is already under way. As it was in Bosnia, a strong federal system is a viable means to prevent both perils in Iraq.”  Leslie Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden’s co-author on that Times op-ed, stands by the premise.  ”It’s the only solution…  I don’t know if it will work. But in terms of what could work, it’s the only thing,” Politico quotes him as saying in June

”Iraq is at a crossroads,” said Osama al-Nujayfi, the Sunni speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives, at the Brookings Institution in Washington last January. ”And I do think federalism could solve many of the problems we face.” Kenneth Pollack, a Mid-East expert at Brookings, appears to agree. ”To make Iraq work probably requires a shift of power from the centre to the periphery.”

8. Nothing

While hawks in Congress are demanding military action in some form, others, most notably the MIT professor Barry Rosen, are mounting a case for doing nothing. He argues in a piece for Politico that America’s 11-year engagement in Iraq has failed to unite and stabilise the country and that the cost in blood and treasure is sunk. Prime Minister Maliki’s ”heavy-handed employment of surveillance, incarceration, and violence has driven Sunni Arab fence sitters into the arms of [ISIL] fanatics”. He believes a fractured Iraq would be a haven for terrorists, but that much of the world already is and America has hardened itself against terrorist attacks.

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