Hamdi Alqudsi. Remember this name. Memorize it. He is the one who sent Australians to die in Syria.
The 42-year-old has been found guilty by a NSW Supreme Court jury of recruiting Australians to terrorist groups including ISIS. According to reports, he recruited at least six men to terrorist groups in 2013. Moreover, at least two of those men have been killed in Syria.
Hamdi Alqudsi recruited Australian young men for other terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and Al-Nusra as well. He allegedly worked with senior Australian ISIS fighter Mohammad Ali Baryalei during the recruitment process. He allegedly helped at least seven young Australians leave the country and travel to the Middle Eastern country.
The six recruits have been identified as Caner Temel, Tyler Casey, Abu Alim, Nassim Elbahsa, Muhammad Abdul-Karim Musleh and Mehmet Biber. All of them have reportedly reached Syria.
The travel plans were made between June 2013 and October 2013. The men were sent for fighting for the extremist groups. While the jury is convinced about the recruitment of six men, the seventh one in question is yet to be confirmed.
While Australia fights against homegrown terrorism and the radicalization of the youth, this judgment marks as a major step toward countering extremism on the home soil. The Sydney man will be remembered as the first man to be charged under the Commonwealth Foreign Incursions and Recruitment Act.
During the trial, literature consisting of extremist propaganda was presented. In addition, text messages and Intercepted telephonic conversations were also presented as evidence, The ABC reported.
In one of the phone calls with Baryalei, Hamdi Alqudsi talked about building up an Australian army to execute plans for “brothers.”
“There’s four brothers coming now and I’ve got more coming after that,” he told Baryalei. “I need you … to help me out so I can open the door.”
Hamdi Alqudsi and people like him must be identified and neutralized, if Australia decides to keep the country peaceful. Meanwhile, many like him are still to be identified.