Kings Cross bouncer Mohammad Ali Baryalei identified as senior ISIS recruiter

by 1389 on September 9, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Afghanistan, Australia, Islamic State (of Iraq and ash-Sham/Levant/ISIS/ISIL/Daesh)

…Mr Baryalei was from an aristocratic Afghan family who came to Australia as refugees when he was a child…

Sydney Morning Herald has the story:

Mohammad Ali Baryalei
Recruiter: Mohammad Ali Baryalei. Photo: ABC

A former Kings Cross bouncer and part-time actor has been identified as the most senior Australian member of the terrorist group Islamic State.

The group has been recruiting young Australians to fight in Iraq and Syria.

Authorities believe Mohammad Ali Baryalei, 33, has recruited at least half of the 60 Australians currently fighting with ISIL and has a trusted position in the operational command of the al-Qaeda-linked group, according to an investigation by the ABC.

The ABC’s 7.30 reported on Monday night that Mr Baryalei was from an aristocratic Afghan family who came to Australia as refugees when he was a child.

Mr Baryalei worked as a security guard in Kings Cross in Sydney, and was also an aspiring actor, appearing in the television series Underbelly: The Golden Mile. He was listed as playing a “paramedic” in the seventh episode’s credits.

But his true passion was his faith, and he became a leader of the “Street Dawah” movement, in which members proselytised on the streets of Sydney and tried to convert Australians to Islam.

In April 2013 police say Mr Baryalei travelled to Syria to fight with ISIL, which is classified in Australia as a terrorist organisation, the ABC reported. He soon began luring young Australians to the Middle East to fight for ISIL.

Among the Australians he has recruited to fight for ISIL, according to the ABC, are former Sydneysiders Khaled Sharrouf, who has posted images on social media himself executing prisoners in Iraq and having his young son pose with a severed head in Syria, and Mohamed Elomar, a former boxer who was also photographed holding the decapitated heads of his “enemies”.

Mr Baryalei also allegedly recruited a young Sydney couple, 22-year-old Yusuf Ali (also known as Tyler Casey) and his wife, Amira Karroum, 22. They were killed in their home in the Syrian city of Aleppo during fierce fighting earlier this year. Mr Baryalei is believed to have met Mr Ali when he was a leader of the Street Dawah movement in Sydney.

Both the Australian Federal Police and ASIO are believed to have identified Mr Baryalei as a person of major concern.

Earlier this year, Mr Baryalei was listed in court documents when another man, Amin Mohamed, 23, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged over his alleged attempt to join the war in Syria.

Police alleged Mr Mohamed had obtained the contact details of Mr Baryalei, also known as Abu Omar, in Turkey to help him travel from Turkey to Syria.

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