Iraq conflict: 150 Australians fighting in Iraq, Syria

June 19, 2014 3:13 AM

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Iraq conflict: 150 Australians fighting in Iraq, Syria

Around 150 Australians have fought with radical militants in Syria and Iraq, raising government fears of a terrorist threat to Australia if the fighters return home, the foreign minister said on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had cancelled a number of passports on the advice of security agencies in a bid to reduce the security threat to Australia. She did not say whether the passports were cancelled to prevent Australians leaving or returning.

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