Australia convicts first jihadi recruiter

Hamdi Alqudsi, 42, was the first person charged in Australia for recruiting men to fight in Syria. A jury at the New South Wales state Supreme Court in Sydney found him guilty Tuesday on seven counts of recruiting men from June until October in 2013 to travel from Australia to Syria to fight with Jabhat al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda affiliates. Each offense carries a potential maximum of 10 years in prison. The same offense committed since legislation was amended in 2014 carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. At least two of the recruits died in Syria..

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