The Australian Federal Police have issued arrest warrants for 20 jihadis who are fighting for radical Islamic terror groups worldwide.
They include notorious ISIS fighter Neil Prakash, who is detained in Turkey, and Adelaide terrorist medic Tareq Kamleh.
As Australian fighters attempt to return home after the collapse of ISIS, federal police are working with Turkish authorities to stop them as they cross the border.
Meanwhile, counter-terrorism police in Australia are investigating 215 suspects on Australian soil, some who are already before the courts on terror charges.
AFP Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney said strong law enforcement strategies are in place to combat threat of returning terrorists.
A real concern is a hardened Islamic State fighter returning from the conflict zone,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
‘If they do return to Australia we want to be able to mitigate the risk with a priority of prosecuting.’
About 220 Australians have travelled to Iraq or Syria to fight for terror groups since 2012.
Of those, 110 are dead or unaccounted for – including Sydney man Mohammad Ali Baryalei – and 40 have returned to Australia.
Prakash, 26, is the highest-profile terrorist with an AFP warrant out for his arrest, but he remains behind bars in Turkey after being captured at the border in 2016.
Australia has sought to extradite Prakash to face terror related charges, and he is also wanted for questioning in the US, UK and Israel.
Born to a Fijian father and a Cambodian mother, he converted to Islam in 2012 and joined ISIS in the Middle East, becoming known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi.
He has admitted making propaganda videos and being responsible for ISIS in Australia, but says he was not ‘100 per cent responsible’ as he was forced to do it.
Source: Daily Mail