‘They have nothing to lose. We do’: Australia struggles with extremist threat

Sydney, Australia (CNN)For the majority of young Australians, the violence and extremism of Syria feels a world away. For a small minority, ISIS puts in an effective appeal, leading a considerable however little number to head to the Middle East to take up arms.

And while the de facto capital of the self-described ISIS caliphate is more than 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers) from Sydney, the homicidal group’s reach is acutely felt here– as Australia reels from exactly what authorities state was a directly avoided, ISIS-assisted plot to lower an aircraft.
For some, the ISIS connection is instant and genuine.
“I understand 2 good friends, 2 individual buddies of mine who took a trip to eliminate for ISIS,” states a 20-year-old college student who asks to stay confidential, from security issues.
“One was my friend from main school, the other man I saw at the fitness center– he was extremely near to my brother-in-law.

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