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Australia Aware Of Danger Of Is In Afghanistan: Fm - Yahoo News

Julie Bishop, hosting Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon for annual security talks, said she was made aware of "some evidence of a connection" between IS and extreme elements of the Taliban on a recent visit to Afghanistan. "But there isn't a great deal of evidence that ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has a presence in Afghanistan," she said. "But there is the concern that should ISIL turn its attentions away from Iraq and Syria there is an element of the Taliban that would be receptive to its brutal ideology. We are aware of it." The agenda focused on the Middle East, including responding to the growing threat of IS, also known as ISIL or Daesh, and its recruitment of foreign fighters. Islamic State militants announced view Saturday they had beheaded Kenji Goto, the second Japanese hostage purportedly murdered in a week. View gallery Afghan security personnel patrol during an ongoing anti-Taliban operation in Dangam district near th "We are certainly conscious of the need to contain, disrupt, and degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL, Daesh, wherever it exists," Bishop said. "That's why our focus is so much on Iraq... online and the fact that there are tentacles reaching towards Afghanistan just doubles our resolve to defeat ISIL." Bishop said Australia and Britain agreed that "we face an epic battle with this strain of terrorism, not only as open liberal western democracies but as nation states". "And this threat of terrorism that we have seen in the form of ISIL or Daesh, Boko Haram and others have territorial ambitions yet respect no governments, no boundaries, no laws.
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