13 Australians killed defending Islamic State

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Former Kings Cross bouncer Mohammad Ali Baryalei is one of three Australians believed to have been killed in Syria in the last two weeks. (The Sun Herald)

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An Australian man is believed to have been killed in Syria, making him the third reported Australian death in the past two weeks.

The death of the man from South-West Sydney follows still unconfirmed reports that Islamic State kingpin, and Australian, Mohammad Ali Baryalei and another IS fighter by the name of Abu Noor al-Kurdi have also been killed.

The three deaths bring the suspected death toll of Australians in Syria and Iraq to 13.

This comes as the U.S. President Barack Obama authorised Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel to send up to 1500 additional US troops to Iraq.

That move doubles the force the US has built up since June to fight the IS militants controlling much of Iraq and Syria.

Sydney community sources have told The Sun-Herald that the man was from a well-known family and understood to have been married with children. The circumstances of his death are unknown.

Agencies 

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