Islamic State worse than Nazis, says Abbott

2015-09-03 07:59
Tony Abbott. (File: AFP)

Tony Abbott. (File: AFP)

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Sydney - Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday Islamic State was worse than the Nazis during World War 2.

"The Nazis did terrible evil but they had sufficient sense of shame to try and hide it. These people boast about their evil. This is the extraordinary thing," Abbott told conservative radio host Alan Jones on Sydney's Radio 2GB.

"They act in the way medieval barbarians acted only they broadcast it to the world with an effrontery that is hard to credit and it just adds a further dimension to this evil."

Abbott said everything possible needed to be done to defeat the "unspeakable evil of the Daesh death cult".

His comments came as his government considers a request from the United States to expand Australia's contribution to the fight by joining aerial attacks on Islamic State positions in Syria.

Abbott said the decision will be made next week when Defence Minister Kevin Andrews returns from overseas.

Australia has in Iraq six F/A-18F Hornet fighter-bombers, refuelling and command aircraft and 300 army instructors training Iraqi troops.

Australia is part of coalition forces conducting airstrikes on Islamic State positions inside Iraq. The coalition includes the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Coalition nations currently conducting airstrikes against Islamic State forces inside Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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