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Austrian authorities arrested nine people with asylum status who are suspected of trying to travel to Syria to join jihadist groups. The suspects, who are all Chechens with Russian citizenship, were arrested near the border in Carinthia and Burgenland. In June, Austrian intelligence said an estimated 100 people had left Austria to fight for rebel groups in Syria. Some of the Austrian jihadists have returned, and about 20 others are thought to have died in combat.
The Global Islamic Media Front released a German-language video in which Abu Usama al-Gharib (a.k.a. Mohamed Mahmoud), leader of the banned German Islamist group Millatu-Ibrahim, burned his Austrian passport; said he hated Austria, Germany, the EU, and the US; and threatened to bring "fire to you, your cities, your trains, your streets, your houses, your parliaments, and your courts." The video contained clips of the 9/11 al Qaeda attack on New York City.