Over 400 Australians named on a terror watchlist as suspected jihadists trying to enter Syria to join ISIS! Reminder: our trusted political-clowns used to tell us its less than 100!
MORE than 400 Australians have been named on a terror watchlist as suspected jihadists trying to enter Syria to fight for ISIS.
It’s a massive increase from 2014 when just 90 Australians were named on the Turkish watchlist – a jump of nearly 350 per cent.
A senior Turkish official has told the ABC the list, which identifies suspected jihadists likely to attempt to join ISIS’s campaign in Syria through Turkey, now includes 420 Australians.
About 180 Australians entered the region in 2015 and another 150 joined last year.
Australian ISIS recruiter Neil Prakash before and after his arrest by Turkish border guards. Picture: The GuardianSource:Supplied
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Justice Minister Michael Keenan has confirmed the government shared intelligence with Turkey about suspected fighters who had left Australia.
“I don’t want to comment on a specific number but certainly if we had information about an Australian who we haven’t been able to stop leaving Australia or they’ve left Australia and subsequently we’ve got further information about their intentions, then we will talk to the Turks about that,” Mr Keenan told the ABC.
“If they can stop any Australian going to the conflict zone then that is obviously a good thing,” he said.
Australian and New Zealand army trainers conduct a demonstration of a squad formation in Iraq. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
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The Turkish Government has also reportedly begun extradition proceedings for Australian terrorist Neil Prakash.
It’s understood Prakash has been accused of foreign incursion, membership of a terrorist organisation and recruitment.
Minister Keenan declined to comment on the details but said Turkey was “very aware” of Australia’s interest in his case.
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