Australia fears 150 homegrown ISIl fighters pose threat

April 17, 2015 1:35 PM

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said this week that 150 Australians are fighting with Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. The Australian Federal Police also announced that it has prevented 200 suspected Islamic fighters from departing Australian airports for the Middle East.

The fear is that Aussies radicalized on the battlefields in the Mideast will return home to wreak havoc. The United States and Western Europe share similar worries about thousands of their citizens who have been recruited by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

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