Court told Australian accused of recruiting for Islamic State is a threat to the US

An Australian accused of recruiting foreign fighters for the Islamic State terror group is at the centre of a US constitutional battle in a Texas court.

US prosecutors have charged Mohamed Zuhbi with terrorism offences despite the 25-year-old former Sydney resident not stepping foot in the US.

An arrest warrant has been issued by US authorities for Zuhbi, who is believed to be living “somewhere along the border of Turkey and Syria”, prosecutors told the US District Court in Houston on Friday.