ISIS grooming methods similar to child molesters: ASIO

Islamic State supporters are seducing Australian youth in a process akin to pedophilic grooming, the head of the country’s security agency warns.

ASIO Director-General of Security Duncan Lewis said there were about 120 young Australians fighting with the extremist group in Syria and Iraq, with others radicalised through “insidious” online manipulation.

“The youngest ones we have are down around 14 years of age (and) they are being groomed with a technique that is not dissimilar to child molestation,” he told a luncheon in Brisbane on Friday.

They are Child Molesters! They are instructed to emulate the “prophet” Mohammed. They have been Raping Children, Sodomizing young boys. It’s what they do, It is who they are.

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I am American. Just needed to say for myself and the millions of others in America… We Love Australia! You people are amazing, get the scum out of your Country. We can all do something, this is what I do. Until the War arrives here than I fight. – Islamacide 

Australia getting a piece of the action! Launch Airstrikes in Syria.

The Australian government has confirmed it has launched its first airstrikes inside Syria against targets of the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Australia is part of an international military coalition targeting IS strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

Three air strikes were made on Monday, destroying an IS armoured personnel carrier and a crude oil collection point, the US said in a statement

Australia’s air force has been bombing IS targets in Iraq for about 12 months.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week confirmed the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) would extend its action from Iraq into Syria at the request of the US, as he also announced that Australia would accept 12,000 Syrian refugees from persecuted minorities.

The UK, United Arab Emirates, Canada, and France were some of the other nations who took part in the most recent bombing raids, according to the statement issued by the US Central Command.

Fifteen air strikes were carried out in Iraq, using attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft, it said.

Australia’s Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said two RAAF hornets identified the personnel carrier, hidden in an IS compound.

“One of the Hornets employed a precision guided weapon to destroy the target,” said Mr Andrews.

“This was done from a distance or height that preserved the safety of the Australian aircraft,” he said.

“We work within very strict rules of engagement, and those rules of engagement are to ensure as far as possible that we don’t have unwanted civilian casualties.”

Syria air strikes not a long term fix

Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the town of Suruc in this file October 18, 2014 file photo.  A U.S.-led military coalition has been bombing Islamic State fighters who hold a large swathe of territory in both Iraq and Syria, two countries involved in complex multi-sided civil wars in which nearly every country in the Middle East has a stake. The Turkish military and police had declared the Turkish-Syrian border area a "military zone", which limits the ability of the press to move around.  In these days of modern warfare, the weaponry is more powerful than that in the old days. So all of my colleagues and I have to be doubly careful to ensure we do not end up in the line of fire, as positions of Kurdish YPG fighters and IS militants change quickly.  For all those reasons, to stay away is the only solution at the moment.  We ended up on hills about 2km (1.24 miles) away from Kobani using very long telephoto lenses, often more than 1000mm, to get a peek into the city while listening to the sound of war and smelling its scent.   Sometimes you see a shadow of a fighter hiding behind a building and more often you see the massive impact of heavy airstrikes.  It is a bit strange sitting there with lenses I usually use for sports photography alongside people from the area, who come to the hills to see what's going on.  They bring binoculars and make tea - making it almost seems like a tourist attraction. - Kai Pfaffenbach       REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (TURKEY - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: THIS PICTURE IS PART OF THE PACKAGE 'PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 - THE PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY'. SEARCH 'PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY' FOR ALL IMAGES' - RTR4FOX1

Dropping bombs on Syria to protect Iraq will not be enough in the long term to help the troubled region, Labor says.

The opposition believes international efforts need to focus on reaching a political solution to ultimately remove the Assad regime in Syria, as well as stepping up humanitarian help in the short term.

The millions of people displaced from Syria need protecting from the Assad government as well as terrorist organisations like Islamic State, Labor’s foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek said.

‘There’s Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the US and its allies that all need to come to the table as part of developing a solution for Syria,’ she told ABC TV on Sunday.

She also called for Middle Eastern countries, particularly Arab League nations, to do more to help people fleeing Syria.

The federal government says years-long talks about the political situation in Syria are continuing but the immediate focus has to be on stopping terrorist organisation Islamic State.

A report in The Australian newspaper last week said Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had developed a strategy to remove Assad, which they will discuss with their US counterparts during a UN summit in three weeks.

‘There is still a significant question mark over the Assad regime and what happens there,’ Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told Sky News on Sunday.

‘Everybody I have spoken to wants to see political stability, reconstruction take place, so that people can return to their country of origin.’

While he respected the views of people who attended rallies on Saturday opposing the air strikes on Syria, he vehemently disagreed with them.

He said the reach of IS was growing and advice the government’s national security committee had was that people involved in it were all significant threats to Australia.