CANBERRA, (Nov 20) — Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has used her position as chair of a United Nations Security Council meeting to warn against the growing threat of young and tech-savvy terrorists, Xinhua news agency reported.
Speaking to fellow sitting members of the Security Council in a meeting on counter-terrorism in New York, Bishop said the threat posed to international and national security was the most pressing current issue for Australia.
She called upon increased leadership from the international community in an effort to reduce international terrorism and said that targeting the new breed of tech-savvy terrorists was the best way to achieve this.
“The threat from ISIL, or Daesh, al-Nusrah Front and other al-Qaeda affiliated groups is more dangerous, more global and more diversified than ever before,” Bishop said on Thursday.
“Terrorists are younger, more violent, more innovative and highly interconnected. They are masters of social media to terrorise and to recruit and are very tech-savvy. They communicate their propaganda and violence directly into our homes to recruit disaffected young men and women,” she said.
The United Nations has indicated it would provide guidance to international governments in an effort to help combat the threat of digital terrorism.
Bishop welcomed this response, suggesting it could help put an end to young people being lured to join Islamic State militants.
More than 60 Australians have left the country to join extremist groups in the Middle East.
Bishop also spoke of the individual measures Australia was adopting to prevent terrorism on both an international and a national front.
She underlined the introduction of new foreign terrorist laws that would aim to disrupt the organisation, financing and facilitation of terrorist groups and an increased ability to investigate and prosecute foreign fighters.
“The Australian government has cancelled the passports of more than 70 Australians suspected of planning to commit a terrorist act or engage in politically motivated violence overseas.
“We have in place sophisticated legal architecture to effectively counter terrorism, including enabling us to implement those obligations on all member states under Security Council resolution 12373,” she added.