23 Feb 2015

Terrorists luring followers through pancake propaganda, according to national security review

Terrorists are serving up pancake recipes to win over new followers.
That is one of the conclusions of a national security review released by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday.
The review report said terror groups such as Islamic State were using "highly targeted messages to appeal to vulnerable audiences".
The report gives the example of IS releasing a pancake recipe "designed to feed jihadists after a hard day of fighting".
A rough translation of the recipe website says the pancakes are quickly and easily prepared and best eaten with honey.
"Can supply to mujahideen (fighters) before scurrying out onto the fighting fronts and extend the mujahideen energy and power, God willing.
"Serve them to heroes."
IS has also released a guidebook to help young mothers raise a "Mujahid child".
"Don't wait until they are seven to start, for it may be too late by then," it says.
The federal government is looking at ways to counter such propaganda, in consultation with Islamic communities.
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COUNTER-TERRORISM REVIEW
* The government quarantine security agencies such as ASIO, the AFP and ASIS from its efficiency dividend
* Develop a new counter-terrorism strategy in close consultation with states and territories
* Appoint a National Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator to chair a new counter terrorism group advising government
* Seek state and federal agreement on a new Counter Violent Extremism strategy to tackle radicalisation in Australia
* Establish and expand community and public-private partnerships to better reach at risk and radicalised individuals
* That the Attorney-General's Department coordinate the government response to foreign fighters returning to Australia

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