MALAYSIA calls for Southeast Asian cooperation on ISIS threat

Malaysia’s defense minister has labeled efforts by a U.S.-led coalition to push back ISIS group in Iraq and Syria “ineffective,” and called for regional cooperation to prevent jihadists gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia.

“Air strikes by the United States and its allies (against ISIS in Syria and Iraq) appear to be ineffective for now. So, we need to consider our own approach,” Hishammuddin Hussein was quoted as saying in The Star newspaper.

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