AUSTRALIA’S highest ranking member of al-Qaeda has spoken about the trend of young Australians travelling to Syria to fight and the unrest between competing terror regimes and Islamic State.
Abu Sulayman Muhajir, a former Sydney preacher, has been in Syria for at least two years, risen through the ranks of al-Qaeda’s Syrian arm Jabhat al-Nusra to become a leading figure, and made it to Western intelligence agencies most-wanted list.
…the IS group have defined themselves as the exclusive bearers of Islam, delegitimising the rest of the Muslim community.”
Like Islamic State, Egyptian-born Muhajir says the group he is fighting for wants Western countries to “stop interfering” with their cause.
“The choice is simple,” he says.
Why are we knowingly importing tensions? How is this in the national interest?
Australian cash flows to Islamic State supporters in Indonesia
Indonesia’s illegal funds tracking agency has detected money flowing from Australia to local groups supporting Islamic State.
The amounts total “up to hundreds of thousands of dollars”, according to Agus Santoso, deputy chairman of PPTAK, the Financial Transactions Reports and Analysis Centre.
Not to worry, they’re working on it:
President Joko Widodo, currently visiting Japan and China, said in an interview that a new presidential decree banning Islamic State activities was “still in the process”