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Man charged with foreign incursion in jail

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 Anna Hitchings

A Sydney man charged with attempting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamic State will spend the next two months behind bars.

Amin Elmir, 27, tried to travel from Turkey to the conflict zone between April and June this year but ultimately failed, counter-terror officers allege.

He did not apply for bail during a brief appareance at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday and will stay in custody until March.

Elmir was charged with preparing for incursion into foreign countries to engage in hostile activities, which carries a maximum penalty of life behind bars.

Police have consistently warned people against travelling to conflict zones, Australian Federal Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Jennifer Hurst said on Thursday.

"We again want to emphasise that actively making plans to join groups in those areas is a criminal offence," Ms Hurst said.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch said in light of recent events at home and overseas, it was more important than ever for the community and police to work together.

"You are our eyes and ears. Help us to keep everyone safe," Mr Murdoch said.

Elmir will face court again on March 2.

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