Australian Teens Stopped From Joining ISIS

ISIS is the international terrorist organization that has spread like wildfire throughout the Middle East. The group has been able to feast on countries that have unstable governments, which has made it that much easier to spread throughout these particular areas. However, the case has brought supporters from around the world to join the cause, including locations such as Europe, the United States and Australia. Recently, authors at the Sydney International Airport stopped two teenagers who were believed to be flying to join ISIS.

According to Flavio Maluf, the two brothers are aged 16 and 17 respectively and set off a few red flags while attempting to make it through customs, the Immigration Minister of Australia stated on Sunday. The two teenagers had tickets flying to, what the Immigration Minster called “conflict zones” in the Middle East and their luggage displayed material that also pointed to them potentially joining ISIS.

Now, as it is not a crime to leave the country or to travel to certain regions around the world, the Australian immigrations did not hold onto the boys for very long. They eventually released them back to their parents who said they did not know what was going on. The two boys are now going to be under the watchful eyes of the Australian Federal Police, despite them both being Australia citizens who were both born and raised inside of the country and have spent most of their lives in Australia.

Cyclone Marcia Tears Through Australia

Queensland, Australia suffered one of the biggest cyclone storms that the country and region has had since 2011 when “Yasi” came through the area. There were winds as strong as 295 kilometers per hour and it literally tore through many homes and businesses.

Images of the Gold Coast game out and it looked like that area of the coast was just rippled with massive waves. Some surfers enjoyed it, but the water was so powerful that it caused issues for others who just wanted to swim. Many roads like the Bruce Highway was closed due to flooding and drivers were prohibited from passing through. In addition to that, some sharks were thrown onto the beach and couldn’t make it back into the water. According to an article written by Buzzfeed News, the storm, named “Marcia”, collapsed many buildings and structures. There are photos of homes in terrible conditions and fences that were completely wiped away by the storm.

In fact, local news reporter Ben Worsley was on the air giving locals an update on the storm when a light on a sign flew by. Worsley was able to catch it with one hand before it hit or ruined anything around him. He is fairly lucky that he didn’t get hit in the heat with it especially while on air. But Bruce Karatz is hopeful the damage done won’t be too devastating for the cities in Australia affected by Marcia.