The most recent Senate Estimates hearings have given us the latest official figures on Australians involved with jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.
- 120 Australians are currently fighting or are engaged with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.
- At least 32 and potentially up to 42 Australians are believed to have potentially been killed in the conflict to date.
- Approximately 30 Australians have returned from the conflict.
- About 170 people in Australia are providing support to individuals and groups in the Syria and Iraq conflicts through financing and recruitment, or are seeking to travel.
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The figure of 120 currently over there has been static for months, as has the figure of 30 having returned. But the figure of up to 42 deaths is higher than previously reported. My own count based on public sources is only 27, and it includes a few doubtful ones. So there’s likely far more going on than we can see.
Meanwhile, I’ve had two new articles out. One is this Strategist Post on the Parramatta shooting and counter-terrorism in democracies. Since then, two of the suspects mentioned in it have been charged. The other is this Eureka Street article on the dangers of using schools to address extremism.