Channel NewsAsia: Islamic State cannot be contained, has to be defeated – Tony Abbott

Channel NewsAsia reported on the 35th Singapore Lecture organised by ISEAS on Monday, 29 June 2015.

Below is an excerpt of the article published on 29 June 2015.

Islamic State cannot be contained and has to be defeated, said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday (Jun 29).

He was speaking about the threat posed by the militant group at the 35th Singapore Lecture held at the Shangri-La Hotel. Mr Abbott warned that more and worse atrocities from the group can be expected.

In Mr Abbott’s assessment of the threat posed by Islamic State, so long as even a small minority of people are drawn to its message, the atrocities are not going to end. 

In a lecture titled “Our Common Challenges: Strengthening Security in the Region”, he said the militant group has tapped the online space to draw fighters from all over the world to join its cause in establishing a “caliphate”.

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