A SYDNEY teenager arrested on terrorism suspicions in Lebanon was preparing to become a suicide bomber, security forces say.
The 18-year-old dual national, identified only by his initials AM, has been detained in Lebanon pending a court appearance on allegations he was preparing to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group.
Lebanon's Internal Security Forces said the teen was born in Lebanon in 1999, but had resided in Sydney for "several years'' and became radicalised in Australia after watching Islamic State videos and propaganda online.
They said he had downloaded instructions on bomb-making and videos of Islamic State assassinations, and was two days away from travelling across the border to Syria when he was arrested on October 28 in the northern city of Tripoli.
"About a week before his arrest, he contacted a cadre of the Daesh (Islamic State) organisation in Syria and showed his willingness to carry out a suicide or explosive operation in Lebanon,'' the IFS said.
"He was instructed to do so. He asked the cadre, if this was not possible, to help him move into the Syrian territory to fight in the ranks of Daesh. He was arrested before the answer to his request was received.''
The security forces said the teen had obtained an Australian passport and a permit to travel before he arrived in Lebanon on August 20, where he had been placed under surveillance and monitoring.
They said his decision to travel to Lebanon was an attempt to avoid drawing the attention of Australian authorities.
The Information Division of the ISF arrested the teen and accused him of being a member of Islamic State, and attempting to travel to Syria to support them.
"The investigation revealed that he had resided in Sydney for several years and embraced extremist ideology by following the publications and videos of the organization on the internet,'' they said.
"After his arrival in Lebanon he continued (communicating) with members of Daesh in Syria via the internet.
"He was linked with a co-ordinator of the organisation in one of the neighbouring countries where he explained his plan of travel and stages to Syria.
"The information division stopped him two days before his departure.''
ISF said the teen had given them information about other Australian members, supporters and financiers of Islamic State.
They said the teen had admitted during his police interrogation that he had "embraced the idea of an advocacy organisation for about two years,'' and followed several websites, social networking sites and groups affiliated with Islamic State.
"He…was convinced of the idea of jihad, and the implementation of suicide operations in favour of Daesh, and to this end, through the internet, "downloaded the encyclopaedias on how to manufacture explosives, and many videos about previous assassinations carried out.''
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