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Sydney teen terror accused behind bars

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016

A Sydney teenager has spent his first night behind bars after he and a 24-year-old man were accused of trying to fight for terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Police allege the 17-year-old tried to travel to Syria in January 2015 to join Islamic State and then attempted to encourage another friend to join him overseas.

It's alleged he is associated with Mehmet Biber, 24, who has been accused of travelling to Syria to join the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra in July 2013.

Police swooped on the pair during a string of counter-terrorism raids in the city's west on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into foreign fighters.

Biber engaged "in hostile activities" including possibly learning how to use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) before returning to Australia in February 2014, police say.

The 17-year-old was formally refused bail at Parramatta Children's Court on Thursday afternoon after being charged with two foreign incursion offences which carry a maximum life imprisonment.

Biber was formally refused bail at Parramatta Local Court after being charged with one count of incursions into foreign states with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

Both will remain behind bars and appear in separate courts on December 15.

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