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Beheading justifies strong response: PM

By AAP The atrocities committed by Islamic State were "abominable, unspeakable, repellent, abhorrent", he said. "This is a hideous movement that not only does evil, it revels in evil — it exalts in evil,"...

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Abbott lays out Iraq strategy

By AAP Mindful of the divisive debate over the Iraq war in 2003, Mr Abbott told parliament on Monday the government had properly weighed up the risks. "Many Australians are understandably apprehensive about the...

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Aust joins military airlift to Iraq

By AAP Mr Abbott described events in Iraq as a "humanitarian catastrophe", and pointed to the tens of home-grown radicals involved in the conflict. "If it is right to kill in the name of...

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UK raises terrorism threat to 'severe'

By Dow Jones newswires The UK government said on Friday that it had raised its assessment of the threat from international terrorism to "severe" from "substantial" — the second-highest level on its five-point scale...

Labor wants Iraq briefing

By AAP Defence Minister David Johnston says a stable and inclusive government in Baghdad is a prerequisite for Australian involvement in the fight against Islamic State forces, but he nominated RAAF's Super Hornets as...

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US eyes Aust role in Iraq strikes

By AAP A Defence Department spokesman told AAP on Wednesday that Australia was not currently participating in Iraq air strikes, but would do what it could to prevent a humanitarian disaster. "The government is...

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Coalition closing gap to ALP: Newspoll

By AAP The poll, conducted over August 22-24, also shows 77 per cent of Australian are in favour of proposed new laws for travellers returning from countries such as Iraq and Syria having to...

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Iraqi forces seize key dam

By Dow Jones newswires Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces, backed by US airstrikes, recaptured the strategic Mosul Dam on Monday after two days of fighting with Islamist insurgents, a Kurdish military spokesman said. The...