Australia: The self-declared commander of Islamic State in Australia was a teenager when he began telling his followers “we are terrorists”, sought out guns and explosives and tried to set up a stronghold in the Blue Mountains, police allege.
Isaac El Matari, now 20, was one of three men arrested in Sydney this week during counter-terrorism raids. He was charged on Wednesday with being an ISIS member, planning a terrorist attack and preparing for a hostile incursion into a foreign country.
Matari had declared himself “the general commander of IS in Australia” and told other persons of interest “we are terrorists”, court documents state.
Counter-terrorism investigators allege he had “answered the call of war” and spoke of “sacrificing himself” for ISIS.
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