Australian Military in Iraq Renders First Aid to Russian Diplomats Caught in Crossfire

The Australian military in Iraq have rendered first aid to the Russian journalists and diplomats who got caught in the crossfire while travelling from Baghdad to Syria, Australian Premier John Howard announced on Tuesday.

According to him, an Australian task force met the Russian motorcade 200 kilometres away from Baghdad, lent first aid to the wounded, and even offered to evacuate them to a hospital.

"We were very polite and diplomatic to the Russian ambassador and his colleagues from the Embassy," said Howard. "They were allowed to move on as soon as all necessary checks were over and the wounded tended to." The premier refused to say who he thought had attacked the Russian motorcade, saying only Australians had nothing to do with the attack.

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