THEY’RE COM­ING FOR US ISIS will be aim­ing for Australia, warns PM

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - STEVEN SCOTT

TONY Ab­bott has warned ISIS “is com­ing” for us as he left open the prospect of in­creas­ing Australia’s troop de­ploy­ment to the Mid­dle East.

The Prime Min­is­ter told his re­gional coun­tert­er­ror­ism sum­mit he was talk­ing to our al­lies about pos­si­ble in­creases in our mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in fight­ing ISIS in Iraq.

“We’ve sent a strong mil­i­tary force to the Mid­dle East to hit Daesh from the air and to train and as­sist the Iraqi army to re­take their own coun­try,” Mr Abott told the sum­mit yes­ter­day.

“We are now talk­ing with our friends and part­ners about how the air strikes might be more ef­fec­tive and how the Iraqi forces might be bet­ter helped.”

Re­fer­ring to ISIS by the deroga­tory Ara­bic term “Daesh”, Mr Ab­bott said the ter­ror­ist group wanted to ex­pand glob­ally and could not be ne­go­ti­ated with.

“Daesh is com­ing, if it can, for ev­ery per­son and for ev­ery gov­ern­ment with a sim­ple mes­sage: sub­mit or die,” Mr Ab­bott said.

“You can’t ne­go­ti­ate with an en­tity like this; you can only fight it.”

Ahead of Mr Ab­bott’s speech, US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama flagged plans to send an ex­tra 450 Amer­i­can troops to their mission ad­vis­ing and as­sist­ing Iraqi forces.

Australia cur­rently has about 300 sol­diers, mostly from Bris­bane’s Enog­gera Bar­racks, on a train­ing mission at the Taji air­base north of Bagh­dad.

RAAF Hor­net bombers have flown more than 600 sor­ties but have only fired on about a quar­ter of those mis­sions to avoid civil­ian ca­su­al­ties, De­fence says.

Chief of Joint Op­er­a­tions, Vice Ad­mi­ral David John­ston, said the cur­rent cam­paign by Australia and our al­lies was “right” and “what the Iraqi gov­ern­ment wants”.

For­eign lead­ers, am­bas­sadors, aca­demics, re­li­gious rep­re­sen­ta­tives and IT ex­perts are dis­cussing ways to stop the spread of ISIS to Australia and our re­gion in the two-day coun­tert­er­ror­ism sum­mit in Syd­ney.

For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop said ter­ror­ists used the same tech­niques as sex­ual preda­tors to “groom” vic­tims on so­cial me­dia.

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ge­orge Bran­dis wel­comed the in­volve­ment of in­ter­net com­pa­nies in the fight against the spread of ISIS.

Google is be­lieved to have used a closed-door ses­sion to ar­gue for a fo­cus on pro­mot­ing more YouTube con­tent that chal­lenges ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda in­stead of any ad­di­tional cen­sor­ship.

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