File - Sheikh Houssam al-Sabbagh, fourth left, attends a ceremony in Tripoli, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The rest are now living in Australia with a large community of Lebanese from the northern city of Tripoli and the surrounding areas.Many of these fighters are of Lebanese descent.The link between Lebanese Australians and regional terrorism was thrown into relief by the arrest of dual-national Hussam al-Sabbagh last month, and by highly disturbing photos posted online by Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian ISIS fighter of Lebanese descent, which circulated on social media this week. Perhaps more importantly, scholars, security analysts and community leaders are trying to understand why young Australians of Lebanese descent are risking their lives in wars abroad rather than building a life down under.Scholars and activists say that social and economic exclusion that Australians of Lebanese descent experience in Australia may play a key factor in their radicalization. Poorly integrated and with little education, these groups remain close-knit in Australia.Keysar Trad, a Muslim community leader in Australia, agrees.Zaky Mallah, a young Australian man whose parents hail from Tripoli, confirmed that ISIS enjoyed wide support among young people disenchanted with life in Australia.Mallah was charged and acquitted for terrorism-related offenses in Australia nearly a decade ago.Alloush, however, said there was little that Australian-Lebanese fighters could do to worsen the grim situation in North Lebanon.
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