Too Easy: Islamic State Terrorists Slip In & Out Of Australia

“Community safety is our priority.”

Two people arrested as counter-terror police conduct raids in Sydney

Police from the joint counter-terrorism unit have arrested a 24-year-old male when they intercepted him at a traffic stop in Sydney’s south-west.

Police have arrested two people in Sydney’s west this morning over alleged foreign incursion offences as authorities raid homes in Sydney’s south-west.

A 24-year-old man was arrested during a traffic stop in Birrong.

Police have told 9NEWS the man is allegedly an ISIS fighter who fought for the Free Syria army in 2013 and is trained in the use of IEDs.

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Authorities described the man as “very dangerous”.

He is expected to be charged with foreign incursion offences later today.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested by police as the joint counter terrorism team continues raids part of a high-risk operation in Sydney’s south-west.

The man was allegedly convinced to join ISIS by convicted terrorism recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi who is serving six years in jail for sending seven men to fight in Syria.

A second person is also understood to have been arrested.

A large police operation is now underway following the arrests, with authorities raiding several homes suspected of being connected to terror activity.

The high risk operation is being carried out by the joint counter-terrorism team.

A teenager and an alleged Syrian fighter are tonight behind bars after being arrested during early morning counter-terror raids in Sydney.

Police have charged two men with foreign incursion offences following a counter-terrorism raid in Sydney’s west today.

One of the men, 24-year-old Mehmet Biber, was arrested during a traffic stop in Birrong this morning and is an alleged ISIS fighter.

Police from the joint counter-terrorism unit have arrested a 24-year-old male when they intercepted him at a traffic stop in Sydney’s south-west.

The Merrylands man reportedly travelled to Syria in July 2013 and was with a group known as Jabhat al-Nusra, an affiliate of Al Qaeda.

Police say he had been a focus of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team since his return to Australia two years ago.

Mr Biber was allegedly convinced to join ISIS by convicted terrorism recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi, who is currently serving six years in jail for sending seven men to fight in Syria.

Officers swoop on the man at a traffic stop in Sydney's west. (Supplied)

Officers swoop on the man at a traffic stop in Sydney’s west. (Supplied)

“If we become aware of people who may have travelled to engage in hostile activities… we are determined to pursue the investigation and put the person before the court if that is the case,” Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said.

“Community safety is our priority.”

Two men will be charged with foreign incursion offences after police raids in Sydney.

Mr Biber has since been charged with one count of incursions into foreign states with the intention of engaging in hostile activities, which carries the maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

A second male, aged 17, has also been arrested after allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS in January 2015.

He faces life imprisonment and was due to front Parramatta Children’s Court today.

Minutes before the 24-year-old Merrylands man was arrested. (Supplied)

Minutes before the 24-year-old Merrylands man was arrested. (Supplied)

Police confirmed they had moved as quickly as possible on intel because of the “risk that these people pose” but had been slowed down by the difficulty of accessing evidence in Syria.

“Evidence collection from Syria is extremely difficult,” police said.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested by police as the joint counter terrorism team continues raids part of a high-risk operation in Sydney’s south-west.

“Based on the fact that there’s no competent law enforcement officers working in the region.”

A large police operation followed the arrests, with authorities executing several search warrants at homes in Bass Hill, Merrylands, Hornsby Park and Miller.

The homes are suspected of being linked to terror activity.

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