Oil factor in Aussie role

SYDNEY - Oil is a key factor keeping Australian troops in Iraq, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said yesterday.

SYDNEY - Oil is a key factor keeping Australian troops in Iraq, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said yesterday.

A new defence review had concluded that maintaining "resource security" in the Middle East was a priority, Nelson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"Energy security is extremely important to all nations throughout the world and in protecting and securing Australia's interests," he said. - Sapa-AFP

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