Five terrorists stripped of Australian citizenship

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has announced five terror suspects are no longer Australian. (AAP)

Five terrorists involved with IS have been stripped of their Australian citizenship.

Five IS terrorists have been stripped of their Australian citizenship and will never be allowed back into the country.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says the five dual-nationals had turned their backs on Australia by becoming involved with terror organisation in the Middle East.

"Cessation of Australian citizenship for dual nationals involved in terrorism is a key part of Australia's response to international violent extremism and terrorism," Mr Dutton said on Thursday.

"The government is determined to deal with foreign terrorist fighters as far from our shores as possible to ensure that if they do return it is with forewarning and into the hands of authorities.

Five Islamic State supporters have been stripped of their Australian citizenship.
Five Islamic State supporters have been stripped of their Australian citizenship.
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"These five dual nationals have been acting against Australia’s interests by engaging with terrorism and have effectively chosen to leave the Australian community."

The Daily Telegraph has reported the five who were stripped of their citizenship were three men and two women who flew to Iraq and Syria to join IS.

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The only person previously stripped of Australian citizenship under the counter-terror laws passed in 2015 is Khaled Sharrouf.

Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf with his sons in Syria.
Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf with his sons in Syria.
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Sharrouf, who infamously posed for photos with his seven-year-old holding a severed head in Syria, is believed to have died in an airstrike in mid-2017.

Australians can have their citizenship cancelled if they also hold citizenship of another nation and therefore are not left stateless, under the counter-terrorism laws.

Under Section 35 of the Australian Citizenship Act 2015 a person’s citizenship can be cancelled if they “fight for, or is in the service of, a declared terrorist organisation”.

Mr Dutton said more people could potentially lose their Australian citizenship. 

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