"Prominent Sydney Sheik" Waging Jihad in Syria

Andrew Bolt

Which immigration authorities let this man in?

Again, how did our immigration authorities allow such a person or his family to come here in the first place? And will they keep him out in future?

A PROMINENT Sydney sheik who travelled to Syria to join the country’s jihadist opposition is offering Islamic instruction, mediation and legal services for banned terrorist group Jabhat al- Nusra.

The al-Qa’ida-linked organisation released a statement detailing the role played by Sheik Abu Sulayman, 30, who The Australian revealed last week had become a senior figure in its ranks…

“He has also helped to ­establish many Islamic programs, travelling around Syria offering Islamic instruction, mediation and legal services to both the muhajireen and Ansar as well as everyday citizens.’’…

Security services estimate that 120 to 150 Australians are participating in the Syrian conflict, almost all of whom are with Islamist groups such as al-Nusra or ISIS… The confirmation came as a report released yesterday by the Lowy Institute for International Policy warns the Syrian conflict, along with renewed instability in the Middle East, risks becoming the incubator for a new generation of terrorists. Aside from Syria, the report singles out continued unrest in Egypt as a driver for ­extremism.

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UPDATE

Who let him in?:


Egyptian-born Mostafa Mahamed, who goes by the name Abu Sulayman in Syria, had preached in Islamic centres across Sydney and worked at an Arabic school in Bankstown before leaving the country…

Online biographies describe him as founder and director of Bankstown Arabic school Knowledge House; his Facebook page, recently deleted, said he had a masters degree in education from Sydney University…

According to his deleted Facebook page, which remains viewable in Google’s cache, Sheik Sulayman delivered lectures at various universities in Australia and the Middle East.