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Australia detained two young men related to Syria militants

Australia detained two young men related to Syria militantsThe 24-year-old man and the 17-year-old youth may face up 25 years imprisonment if found guilty, Reuters.

Australian police on Thursday arrested a man believed to have fought with Syrian militants and a youth who was stopped at the border allegedly planning to join Islamic State in Syria.

The police seized a pair while in the raiding in Sydney, underscoring Australia's tough stance on dealing with so called "foreign fighters" heading overseas to join in conflicts in countries including Syria and Iraq.

"It is very unfortunate that even though ISIS is losing significant ground over there that we still have people, particularly young people, that are attracted to the ideology and are still attempting to leave the country," Neil Gaughan, national manager of counter-terrorism for the Australian Federal Police, told reporters.

Australia has imposed some of the harshest penalties in the world on foreign fighters returning home as the country leads a push for the United Nations to adopt international standards to curb the threat they pose.

Both men charged with breaching Australia's foreign incursion laws, which prohibit travel to foreign countries with the intention of engaging in hostile activity.
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