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There is a bright spot amid the world’s problems and we should mark it

It’s easy to get a bit depressed by the state of the world’s problems, so we should take a moment to mark the triumphs.

One of the world’s most malicious and vicious groups, Daesh, which wants to be called Islamic State, has just been crushed.

It’s been crushed in the Middle East and, simultaneously, crushed in South East Asia.

Auk 4dTo its credit, Australia is one of only three countries that joined the effort in both theatres, together with the US and Singapore.

At its peak, its “caliphate” straddled 90,800 square kilometres of land across Iraq and Syria. That made it bigger than Austria or Jordan, bigger than 86 of the…

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