Keysar Trad, chairman of the Sydney-based Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, poses for a photo in front of his home in Sydney, Australia, Dec. 8, 2015. (AP/Rob Griffith)
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Australia's spy chief has told politicians from the ruling conservative party to tone down their criticism of Islam as it could pose a national security risk, according to reports.Some 44 Australians so far died fighting alongside jihadists, Lewis said.Some 27,000 to 31,000 people from at least 86 countries are estimated to have headed to Iraq and Syria to fight since 2011, intelligence consultancy the Soufan Group said in a report last week.Attorney-General George Brandis said recently 110 Australians were thought to be in the two countries, down from previous estimates of 120 .
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