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Text of media release carried by Australian Department of Defence website on 16 September
Maj-Gen Mike Hindmarsh, commander Joint Task Force-Middle East, has farewelled Gen Petraeus, the commanding general Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I), on behalf of all Australian Defence members serving in Iraq.
Maj-Gen Hindmarsh presented Gen Petraeus with a statuette gift from "The Australians" in recognition of the outstanding support and guidance he offered Aussie troops during this time as coalition chief.
The inscribed statuette depicts the iconic Aussie digger carrying a wounded US soldier to safety during the New Guinea conflict in 1943, a lasting and …