On Saturday Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and agreed to share intelligence regarding foreign fighters who are joining ISIS.
Bishop stated that the two countries have a common purpose in defeating ISIS and that they had been looking into sharing information with Iran since 2014.
"During my discussions with the national leadership here, it was agreed that we could share intelligence, particularly on the foreign terrorist fighters from Australia who are taking part in this conflict in Iraq," said Bishop.
Australia has concerns about ISIS luring young Australians to join the conflict. Last week the government announced that it will send hundreds of soldiers to Iraq to help train forces to fight against ISIS, which Australia sees as a serious threat.
Tony Abbott Prime Minister of Australia has claimed 100 of its citizens are fighting with the militant group in Iraq and that the government has confirmed that 30 people from Australia have been killed and 100 passports have been canceled.
On Saturday an operation conducted by hundreds of police resulted in the arrest of 5 teenagers over allegations that the teens were planning an ISIS-inspired attack on ANZAC day, an event which commemorates the fighting by Australian and New Zealand soldiers at the battle of Gallipoli in Turkey.
Three of the five teens that had been arrested were later released “pending further enquiries” according to Australia’s Federal Police.
Last June ISIS entered Iraq through the Syrian border, seizing vast areas of land and gaining large quantities of military equipment, as Iraqi soldiers fled.