The Courier-Mail

Richardson dismisses nuclear ideals

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DEFENCED department secretaryr­e Dennis Richardson has dismissedd­i concerns that ISIS is seekingse to acquire nuclear weapons.w

Mr Richardson said every t terrorist organisati­on in the past two decades had aspired to a nuclear capability but there was no suggestion that ISIS, or Daesh, could do that. “We would not see a risk in Iraq at this point in time in terms of Daesh and nuclear weaponry. We think that’s a touch exaggerate­d,” Mr Richardson (pictured) told a Senate committee in Canberra yester- day. Acting defence force chief Ray Griggs said there were appropriat­e precaution­s in place for Australian troops.

The joint Australian and New Zealand training team had now starting training members of the Iraqi army’s 76th Brigade.

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