IS at­tack on Aus­tralian soil still likely: PM

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Can­berra: Aus­tralia’s Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull on Tues­day said that a ter­ror­ist at­tack in the coun­try is “likely” at some stage in the fu­ture. He also said that Aus­tralians need to o be aware of that pos­si­bil­ity, XIn­hua re­ported. Turn­bull, in his first na­tional se­cu­rity ad­dress to the par­lia­ment, said the Is­lamic State (IS) had been weak­ened by re­cent air strikes and now had “many more smart­phones than guns, many more Twit­ter ac­counts than sol­diers.” “By most mea­sures, how­ever, IS is in a fun­da­men­tally weak po­si­tion. It does not com­mand broad-based le­git­i­macy even in those a ar­eas un­der its direct con­trol. It is e en­cir­cled by hos­tile forces. It is un­der mil­i­tary pres­sure.” Turn­bull, who has re­turned from an over­seas trip in which he met world le lead­ers at the G20 sum­mit, APEC and th the East Asia sum­mit, said Aus­trali lia would con­tinue air strikes against I IS strongholds in Syria and Iraq, but had no plans to com­mit troops to the re­gion. H How­ever, if the gov­ern­ment re­ceived a re­quest from its al­lies -- in­clud­ing the US and Bri­tain, pre­sum­ably -- the prime min­is­ter said it would “care­fully” re­con­sider its po­si­tion.

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