Jihadists a danger to themselves and to Australia

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:29pm, first published July 3 2014 - 9:05pm

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, surveillance of Australians fighting in the Middle East has been a matter of growing concern for the federal government and its counterterrorism agencies. But attempts to keep track of jihadists, perhaps with a view to trying to prevent their return to Australia, look likely to be accorded even greater priority in the wake of this week’s declaration of an Islamic “caliphate’’ by the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The areas controlled by the Sunni militant organisation within Syria and Iraq are relatively insignificant, but the group’s ambitions know no bounds, and it has reiterated calls for Muslims the world over to come and aid the expansion of the caliphate’s authority.

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