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Australia’s PM Gives Terror Warning
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Australia’s PM Gives Terror Warning

Australia will offer more help to Southeast Asian countries to prevent terror attacks across the region. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to discuss security with other leaders at the ASEAN summit in Laos. Turnbull has signaled he would like to expand Australia’s counter-terrorism arrangements with Indonesia, Malaysia and other neighboring countries. It comes after the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group threatened “lone wolf” attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, BBC reported. Turnbull said that such a threat should be taken seriously after IS suffered losses on battlefields in Iraq and Syria. “As it is rolled back, as its territory is being taken back, it will resort to terrorist activities outside of the Middle East,” he said. “But we do have to be very alert to the actions of these lone actors—individuals who ... for a variety of reasons, may be radicalized.” The Australian government is taking measures to prevent foreign fighters who could be recruited from Southeast Asia and Australia, and Turnbull is arguing for more intelligence sharing.

 

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