New Zealand spy bosses have revealed Kiwi men and women remain alongside Islamic State and other extremist groups in the Middle East.
While politicians grappled over legislation aimed at protecting the country from the risks posed by people returning here after engaging in terrorism activities overseas, the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS) provided them with some of their latest intel, including the “threat” posed by some on their potential return.
The latter includes conducting a terror attack themselves, or “inciting” others to do so – a stance which is backed by a New Zealand-based security and intelligence expert who has previously done consultancy work for the US Government.
In a briefing to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee – which had considered the Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill – the SIS said it believed Kiwis continue to work alongside Islamic terrorist groups.
“There is a small number of New Zealanders – men and women – some of whom are dual citizens, believed to remain in Syria or Iraq alongside Isil and other extremist groups,” the SIS said in the document obtained by the Herald.
“It is possible there may be other New Zealanders that have travelled to the conflict zone that we do not know about.”