Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton would not confirm the interception. He said he did not comment on the airport counterterrorism operations.
THE largest single group of suspected jihadists attempting to leave the country bound for Syria and Iraq have been intercepted at Sydney Airport.
A senior intelligence source has confirmed five young Sydney men had triggered an alert at Sydney Airport last week as they all tried to leave the country together bound for the Middle East.
It is believed they were “red-flagged” at the immigration checkpoint, with the new counterterrorism units called in to intercept them before boarding an initial flight to Malaysia.
It is understood all were carrying large amounts of cash. It is also understood other materials were discovered.
They were then prevented from flying. At least some of the men were known to government authorities.
The group, who when stopped on August 12, were believed to be trying to reach either Iraq or Syria with the suspicion that they intended to join terrorist groups.
It was also confirmed that two of the five men attempted to leave again the next day but were again intercepted.
All had their passports immediately suspended under new laws passed by the Abbott government allowing the Attorney-General’s Department and ASIO to recommend immediate suspension of passports….
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
From the Daily Telegraph (Australia):