Australia a puzzling hotbed of Islamic State recruiting

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A nightclub bouncer who reportedly became a terror group leader. A man who tweeted a photo of his young son clutching a severed head. A teenager who is believed to have turned suicide bomber, and others suspected of attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State movement. All of them, Australian.

The London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence reports that between 100 and 250 Australians have joined Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria. Given Australia’s vast distance from the region and its population of just 24 million, it is a remarkable number. The center estimates that about 100 fighters came from the United States, which has more than 13 times as many people as Australia.

  • ntt1

    This is pure Australian supremoes, this is a country that takes great pride in having the worlds most venomous spider, the deadliest snake the nastiest jelly fish and so on.
    It only stands to reason they can now claim the worlds most venomous muslims too.
    Just stick to throwing pork on the Barbie and you’ll be all right mate..

  • winniec

    There should be an immediate study of the factors that cause ‘jihadization’ in Australia.

  • phuque uguugle

    I dispute calling these people Australian and suggest “muslim morons” as a correct description.

  • Frances

    Blame it on all that exposed flesh at Bondi Beach. It’s enough to radicalize anyone.

  • Tanya

    Biggest problem we all see it and cannot do anything about it, I live close to one of many hot bed suburbs in Sydney that just oozes Islamic hatred and complete contempt for our way of life, our values, our social structure and our freedoms. On a daily basis our once quite and safe suburban lifestyle has been taken away from us and replaced by walking garbage bags, lazy dole budging men, who sit around all day on their disability pensions thinking up new and exciting ways to divide our communities with their CRAP, young buffed up and steroid induced muslim men attacking and instigating all times of anti social disharmony whilst all the time our politicians pander to their whims and demands to the point that we just don’t care anymore because successive governments have sold us out to the Islamic vote.