The ABC has been told that the man was an infantry soldier who was still a member of the Australian Defence Force when he travelled to Syria to fight against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
The Defence Force would not confirm or deny the death, and directed the ABC’s inquiries to the Attorney-General’s Department and the Australian Federal Police, neither of which would respond to direct questions about the man’s fate.
It is unclear whether he was a reservist or a full-time soldier, or what special skills he may have learned in his Defence Force service. However, it is understood that he died two months ago.
The death raises questions about the ability of the Defence Force to recognise the signs of radicalisation of its members.
The vast majority of foreign fighters who travel to Syria have no…
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