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Parliament: Syrian conflict a security concern, some S'poreans have joined fight, says DPM Teo

Published on Jul 9, 2014 3:48 PM
Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travelling in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - The conflict in Syria now in its third year is a security concern for many countries, including Singapore, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean told Parliament on Wednesday.

The Government already knows of Singaporeans who have gone there to take part in the conflict or who have plans to do so, he added. He revealed that a Singaporean woman is believed to have gone to Syria with her foreign husband and their two teenage children.

"The whole family is taking part in the conflict in various ways, either joining the terrorist groups to fight, or providing aid and support to the fighters," he said.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Home Affairs disclosed it was investigating another Singaporean, Haja Fakkurudeen Usman Ali, 37, for allegedly going to Syria with the intention of taking part in armed violence there.

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