Australians in specialist Islamic State brigade made up of ‘poor’ fighters

Australian fighters in Syria are reportedly being trained to conduct terror attacks in the West and are serving in an English-speaking unit aimed at taking the Islamic State’s jihad abroad.

Intelligence agencies have identified about 10 Australians in the Anwar al-Awlaki Brigade, a specialist ISIL unit comprised of English-speaking jihadists, The Australian reported.

The brigade is reportedly made up of hundreds of foreigners, including Britons and Scandinavians, considered to be poor fighters and used instead as cannon fodder or for planning or personally conducting attacks outside Syria.