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    A top Australian court convicted a man on Tuesday on supporting engagement in Syrian hostilities, local media reported.

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A top Australian court in New South Wales convicted a man on Tuesday on charges of supporting engagement in Syrian hostilities, local media reported.

    Hamdi Qudsi, a Sydney man of Palestinian descent, faces 10 years in jail after he recruited seven men to fight alongside Daesh, al-Qaeda and the Nusra Front, national broadcaster ABC said.

    Qudsi was found guilty by a NSW Supreme Court jury on seven counts under the Commonwealth Foreign Incursions and Recruitment Act, the first convict to do so. The judge denied him bail.

    Of the men Qudsi recruited between June and October 2013, two were killed in Syria and two have since returned, another one never left Australia, while the whereabouts of the other two fighters are still unknown.


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