‘Sleeping colonies’ of terrorists lurking in Sydney and Melbourne

Iraq’s ambassador to Australia has warned of ‘sleeping colonies’ of teenage terrorists in Sydney and Melbourne.

Top diplomat Hussain Al-Ameri said he believes radical preachers are ‘brainwashing’ Muslim teenagers and paying them to attend meetings encouraging extremism.

He claimed that mosques following the same hardline Islamist ideology as ISIS were operating in Australia – despite being watched closely by the authorities.