Officials says counterterrorism squads have prevented 200 suspected jihadists from departing Australian airports for the Middle East including at least three teenage boys this month. A 17-year-old boy was taken off a plane at Sydney airport as he attempted to fly to the Middle East on Wednesday. He has since been returned to his family while investigations continue. Two other boys, aged 16 and 17, with tickets to an undisclosed Middle Eastern country were stopped from leaving Australia on March 6.
The death cult is reaching out, seeking effectively to brainwash people online.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Australia announced on March 3 that it was sending another 300 troops to Iraq in a joint mission with New Zealand to help train local forces fighting to reclaim territory seized by IS. Some 170 Australian special forces are already in Iraq helping to train government troops. Prime Minister Tony Abbott underlined that no effort would be spared to prevent people joining groups such as IS in Iraq and Syria.