FILE - This undated file image posted on Aug. 27, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa. Secretary of State John Kerry is to travel to the Middle East this week, with stops in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to try to line up support for a coalition to take on the extremist Islamic State group. His trip follows Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s visit on Monday to Turkey to make the same case to Ankara, a regional heavyweight. Kerry will hold talks with officials from Jordan, Turkey and Egypt, as well as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf nations. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)
(The Associated Press)
VIENNA – Austria plans to introduce a law banning symbols of the Islamic State group and 18 other extremist groups.
The justice and interior ministries announced the initiative on Monday.
Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner also says that dual nationals will lose their Austrian citizenship upon joining any foreign paramilitary organization. While international law prohibits taking away passports from people who have a single citizenship, she says Austria will lobby to change that status in such cases.
The proposals still have to be approved by parliament, but that is likely to happen.
The Interior Ministry says that more than 140 people have left Austria to fight for radical Islamic groups in the Middle East.