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Concern in Australia over 150 citizens learning 'terrorist trade' in Iraq, Syria

Published on Jun 19, 2014 9:37 AM
 
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaking at the Australian ambassador's residence in Tokyo on June 12, 2014. Ms Bishop has expressed her concern about 150 Australians learning the "terrorist trade" fighting alongside Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Thursday said she was deeply concerned about 150 Australians learning the "terrorist trade" fighting alongside Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria.

The country's top diplomat was briefed by her intelligence analysts this week on the number of Australians, some dual citizens, taking up arms alongside rebel groups.

"It is extraordinary. There are about 150 Australians who have been or are still fighting with opposition groups in Syria and beyond," she told ABC radio.

"In Syria it seems that over a period of time they have moved from supporting the more moderate opposition groups to the more extreme and that includes this brutal extremist group, ISIS."

 
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