Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Monday that any Australian who left to fight with jihad groups in the Middle East may as well stay there.

“My unambiguous message to all Australians who fight with terrorist groups is that you will be arrested, prosecuted and jailed for a very long time,” Abbott told the Australian parliament in a statement on national security.

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Numerous Australian immigrants have left the island nation to fight with Islamist radicals abroad; some have then returned to start trouble at home.

Australia has recently announced tough counter terror measures to target the home-grown terrorists, as did Canada as well, which is revoking citizenship from anyone who travels overseas to fight alongside ISIS or any other terrorist group.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. This will not happen in America. Between Obama's soft spot for things islamic, and the Democrats not wanting to deny these terrorists their civil rights, we should be up to our necks with returned jihadis in no time. When a 'person' goes to train and fight with these terrorist groups, their citizenship should be immediately terminated, they should be deemed enemy combatants and put on 'no-entry' lists. If they are ever found on American soil, they should be imprisoned in strict isolation until they die.

  2. I find it deeply offensive to call immigrants who have been granted the privilege to live in Australia, one of the richest, safest & more egalitarian countries in the world, “Australians”, when they make the decision to revert to their tribalism & enlist to join the bloody rampage in another part of the world under the banner of “religion”.

  3. There is no way to determine why someone went to a particular country, however it is perfectly sensible to put certain countries under a return-traveler quarantine unless cleared in advance with the State Department. If you are a US Citizen of Syrian origin and wish to travel there, fine. Fill out these forms. If you are a US Citizen and return with travel stamps from verboten places, you better have had State Department approval or else you are in violation of the law and can be charged with a crime. Same goes for countries suffering from severe infectious diseases like Ebola… This policy will not solve all problems, there are always nuanced issues (for example, dual nationals with more than one passport) but this policy would strike at the largest part of the problem.

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