Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says the government is aware of reports that Australians fighting against the Syrian regime could be linking up with terrorist groups in the war-torn country.
When asked if up to 200 Australians could be in Syria fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, Senator Carr said the relevant government agencies were across the issue and taking it very seriously.
“There’s a big investment of time and resources going into it,” Senator Carr told Sky News on Sunday.
“It’s clearly a potential threat to Australia.”
He wouldn’t elaborate as it was a matter of security and intelligence, but said Syria had “without a doubt” become a magnet for jihadist groups across the globe.
One of the most active jihadist militant groups in Syria, the al-Nusrah Front, was placed on Australia’s terrorist blacklist last month.
Unknown before the uprising, the al-Nusrah Front has become the spearhead of the insurgency ahead of the mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army since mid-2012.
The Australian newspaper on Saturday reported ASIO was concerned at least 100 Australians fighting in Syria’s civil war could be doing so alongside the al-Nusrah Front.Source: The Australian – Aussies fighting in Syria a concern: Carr
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