150 Australians fighting with Sunni militants, says foreign ministe

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SYDNEY – on Thursday in Sydney, expressed deep concern over a growing of Australians fighting with radical Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria,

Julie Bishop, ’s Foreign Minister said that an intelligence confirmed that there are about 150 Australians fighting alongside opposition groups in Syria and beyond.

She said fighters were a danger to and security in should they return.

“These are brutal people. executions and killings and their boasting of it on social media this a particularly virulent form of , “she said.

Bishop said she had cancelled the passports of many Australians security forces may join the extremists in Syria and Iraq as they could pose a security threat to Australians at home.

She said Australia has received a request for military help from Iraq or the U.S., but that has ruled out combat being sent to Iraq. (dpa/NAN)