Australia PM Abbott urges Asia Pacific nation to fights against IS 


June 11, Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Asia Pacific nations to fight jihadist groups, saying Islamic State (IS) has global ambitions.

Speaking at a two-day regional security summit in Sydney he said IS was a death cult with far-reaching tentacles.

Australia says more than 100 of its citizens are fighting with militant jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. Last year, Australia raised its threat level to high and has conducted a series of counter-terrorism raids.

Abbott said the main challenge was working out how to stop young people from joining jihadists groups, which he said would be the work of the conference. “We need idealistic young people to appreciate that joining this death cult [IS] is an utterly misguided and wrong-headed way to express their desire to sacrifice,” he said.

The summit includes ministers from 25 countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Laos, Vietnam and New Zealand.

Representatives from Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites are also attending.

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