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Brussels attack: Islamic State is moving the battle and Australia must be prepared

24 Mar 2016
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Australia hasn't experienced the type of attack seen in Brussels, but the threat is real, writes Jacinta Carroll.

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Islamic State has been losing territory in Iraq and Syria, so now it's moving the battle to where it can inflict some hurt. Australia hasn't experienced the type of attack seen in Brussels, but the threat is real, writes Jacinta Carroll.

Yesterday afternoon in Australia, we were shocked to hear, first, of two explosions at Brussels airport.

That was followed by the sinking feeling of familiarity as another attack occurred at a central Brussels metro station.

We watched the familiar scenes of carnage and chaos, but knew well before Islamic State claimed responsibility that it appeared to be another attack.

So what has happened at Brussels and what does it mean? And should we be worried in Australia?

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