Universities are being targeted in a recruitment drive by a radical Islamic group that urges Muslims to reject democracy and target Australian troops fighting in Afghanistan.

Members of the Sydney Muslim community yesterday warned that Hizb ut-Tahrir - which is banned in parts of Europe and the Middle East - had infiltrated Muslim students' associations at several campuses, with a focus on converting well-educated, middle-class men to their cause.

Terrorism experts also warned the group's activities were "cause for concern", but said that moves to outlaw them could force their activities underground and make them more appealing to marginalised Muslim youth.

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