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Andrews wants troops in Syria

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Former Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has joined calls from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott for Australia to send ground troops into Syria.

The calls come as Federal Parliament resumes on Monday, with national security expected to dominate the final sitting fortnight of the year.

Mr Andrews, who was dumped from Cabinet when Malcolm Turnbull became leader, has argued that a concerted campaign by special forces soldiers is required to defeat Islamic State (IS).

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In an opinion piece for today’s Financial Review, he warned the West could not drift along for another year and said it needed a clear strategy in Syria and a willingness to win.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to Neil Mitchell at the 3AW studio in Melbourne, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Abbott refused to say if he has forgiven Malcolm Turnbull for taking his job. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING
Tony Abbott has been vocal about Australia’s involvement in Syria. Photo: AAP

Mr Turnbull has previously said Australia had no plans to change its military commitment, which is limited to airstrikes against IS targets.

But he has just returned from a series of overseas meetings with global leaders, where the fight against IS and extremism dominated discussions in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Mr Turnbull will today convene a meeting of Cabinet’s national security committee.

The government’s proposed legislation to strip Australian citizenship from dual nationals who engage in terrorism is also listed for debate in Parliament.

The bill has bipartisan support and the government wants it passed before the end of the year.

While overseas, Mr Turnbull attended the East Asia Summit (ASEAN) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, the Philippines.

On the sidelines of the APEC summit, he met with US president Barack Obama, who vowed to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants on their Syrian battlefields with the help of Coalition partners.

“Our Coalition will not relent. We will not accept the idea that terror attacks on restaurants, or theatres and hotels are the new normal,” Mr Obama said.

“We will destroy them. We will take back land they are currently in. We will cut off their financing. We will hunt down their leadership.”

Mr Obama has also vowed to “intensify” attacks on IS.

Mr Turnbull said he would also work with Malaysia and other moderate Islamic countries on plans to counter radical Islamic extremists online.

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