DFAT warns Australians not to travel to Syria and Iraq

THE Federal Government wants Australians to steer clear of Iraq and Syria following the unconfirmed killing of an Aussie in the region.

Mystery surrounds the identity of the Australian man believed to have been killed in Syria.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was trying to confirm the death, which would be the third in the area over the past month.

There was speculation yesterday that the man was a member of the Australian Islamic State.

Western Sydney IS recruiter Mohammad Ali Baryalei, 33, is believed to have been one of the other victims.

Queenslander Zia Abdul Haq was killed in Syria recently.

DFAT said Australian government agencies were attempting to verify the reports of the third Australian victim.

"Due to the extremely dangerous security situation, consular assistance is no longer available within Syria or Iraq," DFAT said in a statement.

"The government's capacity to follow up reports of this kind is therefore extremely limited.

"Australians are strongly advised not to travel to Syria and Iraq."

- APN NEWSDESK



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