Moudasser Taleb arrested 'attempting to leave for Syria'

Police arrest 22 yr old man at Sydney Airport allegedly attempting to leave for Syria. Picture: NSW Police

Police arrest 22 yr old man at Sydney Airport allegedly attempting to leave for Syria. Picture: NSW Police

A 22-year-old man has been arrested at Sydney Airport, allegedly trying to travel to the Syrian war zone.

Moudasser Taleb, from Panania, was arrested by NSW Police on Thursday morning.

He was taken to Botany Bay police station to be interviewed and charges may be laid later on Thursday, a statement said.

A photo shows two plainclothes officers leading the man, dressed in tracksuit pants and a beanie, along the airport's outdoor concourse in handcuffs.

It appears that officers from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team were aware of the man's movements before Thursday.

"The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation," a NSW Police spokesman said.

NSW Police Force deputy commissioner Dave Hudson said there was no impending threat to the community as part of the arrest.

"In light of recent events, both at home and overseas, it is now more important than ever for the community and police to continue to work together," he said.

Mr Hudson and Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Ian McCartney will address the media on Thursday afternoon.

"In light of recent events, both at home and overseas, it is now more important than ever for the community and police to continue to work together." - NSW Police Force deputy commissioner Dave Hudson

More than 200 Australians are believed to have left to fight for terrorist groups including Islamic State in Syria since civil war broke out in 2012.

In 2014, the federal government made it a criminal offence to travel without reason to certain hotspots in the war-torn area, including the Syrian province of Raqqa.

More to come

The story, Man arrested at Sydney Airport ‘attempting to leave for Syria’, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.

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