In this Feb. 9,. 2015 file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott answers questions at a media conference before attending the parliament's question time in Canberra. (AP Photo/Andrew Taylor, File)
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Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East this month, including at least three teenage boys, officials said Wednesday.Since counterterrorism units were attached to eight Australian airports in August, 86,000 travelers have been questioned and 230 people prevented from flying on suspicion that they were headed for the battlefields of Iraq and Syria to fight with groups including ISIS, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament.The center estimates that about 100 fighters came from the United States, which has more than 13 times as many people as Australia.Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported this week that ISIS posted on a social media website on March 14 -- two days after the latest 17-year-old was intercepted -- a step-by-step guide to help would-be jihadis leave Australia and fight with the terror group.
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