Saturday, Dec 27, 2014Saturday, Dec 27, 2014

Asia

 

15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria, says spy chief

Published on Aug 27, 2014 4:15 PM
 
An Islamist fighter, identified as Abu Nour al-Iraqi from Australia (left), speaks in this still image taken from an undated video shot at an unknown location and uploaded to a social media website on June 19, 2014. Fifteen Australians, including two suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, while warning espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - Fifteen Australians, including two suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, while warning espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

Canberra has expressed alarm that Australians have joined violent jihadist groups such as Islamic State (IS) overseas.

One Islamic State fighter, Australian man Khaled Sharrouf, sparked outrage when an image of his Sydney-raised son posing with the rotting head of a Syrian soldier was reportedly posted on Twitter.

"The draw of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq is significant and includes more Australians than any other previous extremist conflicts put together," Irvine said.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here
 

Videos