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Australia leader talks down prospect of US-led army in Syria

Tuesday 24 November, 2015 12:00:00 am

United News
Canberra,  Nov 24 (AP/UNB) — Australia's prime minister says there is no support among world leaders for the prospect of a U.S.-led army in Iraq and Syria to take back ground from Islamic State militants.


Prime Minister Malcolm said Tuesday in a speech to Parliament on national security that his government did not intend to change Australia's military commitment to Iraq and Syria in response to the Paris terrorist attacks as well as recent attacks in Africa and Lebanon. Australia contributes fighter jets in Syria and Iraq and military trainers in Iraq.


Turnbull says his recent discussions with world leaders at the G-20, APEC and East Asia Summit forums found "there is no support currently for a large, U.S.-led Western army to attempt to conquer and hold ISIL-controlled areas."