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Arrest In Sydney Of Alleged Failed Foreign Fighter

The man tried and failed to go to Syria and Iraq.

22/12/2016 3:00 PM AEDT | Updated 22/12/2016 3:07 PM AEDT

CANBERRA – Federal and state counter terrorism police have charged a 27 year old Sydney man with foreign fighter-related offences over a failed attempt to travel to conflict zones in Syria and Iraq.

The man was arrested Thursday by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team and is scheduled to appear soon before Bankstown Local Court.

Police allege the man tried to travel from Turkey to the conflict region between April and June 2016 to join Islamic State, but say he was not successful in his attempts.

He has been charged with one count of "preparations for incursions into foreign countries for purpose of engaging in hostile activities", contrary to section 119.4(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Police say the maximum penalty for the offence is life imprisonment.

The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team insists there is no current or impending threat to the wider community as part of today's activities.

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