Black flag held by Sydney siege hostages bears Islamic message of faith

December 15, 2014 5:45 AM

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Black flag held by Sydney siege hostages bears Islamic message of faith

December 15, 2014: This image taken from video shows people holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it, inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia. (AP Photo/Channel 7 via AP Video)

The flag held by hostages against the window of a Sydney cafe in television pictures beamed around the world is not directly associated with the Islamic State group, but has been co-opted by other jihadist organizations, Australian media reported Monday.

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