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Australian militants identified in ISIS video

June 20, 2014 9:12 pm

Two men identifying themselves as Australians have featured in a recruitment video released by insurgents waging war in Iraq and Syria urging others to join the fight.

Sunni extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group – which wants to create an extremist caliphate across the Middle East – have rampaged across Iraq in the past two weeks and are currently threatening the capital Baghdad.

The slick 13-minute video posted online by ISIS yesterday, titled There Is No Life Without Jihad, encourages viewers to “respond to Allah”.

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Thought to have been recorded several weeks ago in Syria, the video features an Australian – named as Abu Yahya ash Shami – understood to be from Sydney.

The ABC understands the man’s family name is Raad.

Members of the Raad family were convicted of funding a terrorist organisation in 2008.

The words on the screen suggest Raad died in fighting soon after the taping.

“In Australia, in America, the reasons for coming to jihad … are plenty,” the man in the video said.

The second man identifed as an Australian in the video now goes by the jihadi name Abu Nour al-Iraqi, a possible sign he went off to war in Iraq.

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