Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has wrapped up his visit to the US. On Friday’s agenda, global security and fighting terrorism.

Amity Bailey reports.


The PM is only visiting Washington for one day, but his agenda is very packed, starting off with high-level briefings from US intelligence and defence officials.

Mr Turnbull emerged from the meetings with a new sense of optimism about gains in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “There is a very real prospect of completing the defeat of Daesh in the battlefield, ending their so-called caliphate.”

But many analysts believe IS will simply move its terrorism to so-called ‘lone wolf’ attacks.

So the Prime Minister is not so optimistic about terrorism acts on the streets of Western cities.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “The loan actor, uh terrorist threat in countries like the United States and Australia and the West if you like, will uh will get worse before it gets better.”

The Prime Minister is due to fly home later tonight.

Amity Bailey, QUT News