An Iraqi Turkmen fighter looks at an icon of the seventh century Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, Islam's fourth caliph and cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Mohammed, located in no-mans land between the Turkmen fighters and jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in the disctrict of Taaza, 25 km south of Kirkuk, on June 21, 2014.
An Iraqi Turkmen fighter looks at an icon of the seventh century Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, Islam's fourth caliph and cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Mohammed, located in no-mans land between the Turkmen fighters and jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in the disctrict of Taaza, 25 km south of Kirkuk, on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO - Karim Sahib

Australian jihadists call for support

AUSTRALIAN terrorists are believed to be among a group calling on others to join the jihadist takeover of Iraq with the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant terror group.

A video released on the internet shows five Islamist fighters identified as Australian and British nationals calling on Muslims to join the war in Syria.

It comes as officials in the Australian embassy in Baghdad go to a heightened sense of alert and begin to remove or destroy documents to prevent them from falling into jihadist hands if the city fell.

Titled There is No Life Without Jihad, the 13-minute film shows the five in a field bragging about their plans to take over Iraq and other countries.

The Australians identified themselves as Abu Yahya al-Shami and Abu Nour al-Iraqi.

They say they have jihadists joining their cause from all over the world, including the UK, Australia and Cambodia.

"We are a state who is implementing the sharia (Islamic law) in both Iraq and Sham (Syria), and look at the soldiers - we understand no borders," one fighter said in English.

"We have participated in battles in Sham and we will go to Iraq in a few days, and we will fight there, Allah permitting, and come back, and we will even go to Jordan and Lebanon with no problems."



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