Malcolm Turnbull has emerged from high-level talks in the US capital, increasingly hopeful that a final defeat for Islamic State forces in Syria is nearing.
Mark Kenny is Fairfax Media's chief political correspondent. A director of the National Press Club, he regularly appears on the ABC's Insiders, Sky News Agenda, and Ten's Meet the Press. He has reported from Canberra under three prime ministers and several opposition leaders.
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