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The federal police issued arrest warrants for Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, two Sydney residents who are now fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and have threatened to kill Australian soldiers as well as all non-Muslims. Authorities estimate that 150 Australians are currently fighting in Syria and Iraq, and that about 60 of them have joined extremist groups. Attorney General George Brandis said Islamic extremism is germinating "within the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne and Brisbane."




Islamic extremist Musa Cerantonio 'different' to other prisoners




Outspoken Islamist cleric Musa Cerantonio arrived in Australia after being deported from the Philippines, where he had been arrested in the company of a Filipina fashion designer in Cebu. Cerantonio, who has supported the Islamic State and claimed to be traveling to Syria to join it, was freed on arrival but his passport was canceled because he has urged Australians to travel to Syria and Iraq for jihad. Police said he will be monitored.




Australian Islamic State suicide bomber attacks Shia shrine in Baghdad

The Baghdad Division of the Islamic State claimed that Abu Bakr al Australi detonated his vest at a Shia mosque in the Shorja district.


Australian cleric who claimed to join Islamic State captured in Philippines




Australia is planning to build a new ground station near Geraldton to help the US direct unmanned drone attacks on terrorists and allow Australian and American forces to respond more quickly to crises. Lawmakers are considering giving police the authority to conduct surveillance and collect evidence in war zones such as Syria and Iraq. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in June that about 150 Australians have gone to "Syria and beyond" to fight in rebel groups. Saying the West should "just get over it," Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia spokesman Uthman Badar recently complained that Prime Minister Abbot had depicted the terror group ISIS as "evil." Popular Australian cleric Musa Cerantonio arrived in Syria to support the Islamic State.




Updated: Popular Australian cleric seeks to travel to Syria, join Islamic State

Shortly after the Islamic State declared the formation of the caliphate, Musa Cerantonio, a popular cleric, announced he was planning to travel to Syria.


MH370: New evidence of cockpit tampering as investigation into missing plane continues




Official: 150 Australians fighting in Syria, Iraq




British and Australian navies seize largest ever heroin haul at sea




2 Australian nationals killed in Yemen in November drone strike

Two Australian citizens believed to have been fighting alongside al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were killed in the Nov. 19, 2013 US airstrike in Yemen's Hadramout province. Both are considered low-level AQAP fighters.


Aussies killed in US drone strike in Yemen




Al Qaeda official in Syria was extremist preacher in Australia

An Al Nusrah Front video released on March 17 features Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, who was an extremist preacher in Australia. Abu Sulayman says he relocated to Syria, where he was part of al Qaeda's mediation effort in the dispute between Al Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS). He criticizes ISIS in the video.


Assistant Defense Minister Stuart Robert said that Caner Temel, who died in Syria in January while fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, was an Australian soldier who had gone AWOL in 2010. He was among six fighters allegedly recruited for al Qaeda-linked groups by Hamdi Alqudsi, 39, a disability pensioner in Granville who is also known as Ibrahim Galiel. Mohammed Ali Baryalei, an Australian suspected of working with Alqudsi, is thought to be in Turkey. Australian intelligence estimates that over 100 Australians have joined the ranks of Syrian rebels.




Australia to spend £1.6bn on drone fleet to protect borders




Australian officials admitted to a "fairly major breakdown" in border security following reports that convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has fled the country. He is thought to be now in Syria. Up to 200 Australians are estimated to have traveled to Syria to fight with the rebels, and about half are said to have joined al Qaeda's Syrian branch, the Al Nusrah Front, while others have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.




Terror groups taking cut as drug money is laundered




Australian man killed in Syria had links to Al Qaeda, court documents allege




Australia spying on Syria fund-raisers amid terrorism funding fears




ASIO spying on Syria fund-raisers amid terrorism funding fears


 
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