Oprhaned children of ISIS fighter Khaled Sharrouf freed from Syria

Elias Hubbard
June 25, 2019

Khaled Sharrouf has been dubbed the "Australian face" of ISIS and took his children to Syria.

"The truth that of us attach their kids into fracture's draw by taking them into a war zone modified into once a defective act", Mr Morrison acknowledged.

The Australian said it had agreed to withhold details of the operation until the group was safely clear of the country because of the high level of risk involved.

Dozens of Australian women and children remain stranded in Syrian refugee camps.

Although some have voiced their concerns that the children could be too radicalised or unsafe to be welcomed home, Scott Morrison says "they can't be held responsible for the crimes of their parents".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the pregnant daughter of Sharrouf, Zaynab and her two children will be returning to Australia.

For the safety of the children, he said he would not reveal when they will return or their exact whereabouts.

Karen Nettleton with her grandchildren before they were taken to Syria.

Australia's Islamic community has vowed to rehabilitate the orphaned children of Islamic State (IS) fighters with love and care.

Sharrouf was killed in an air strike in September 2017.

The children's mother, Mrs Nettleton's daughter Tara, died of medical complications in 2015.

"We weren't the ones that chose to come here in the first place", she told the Four Corners program.

The prime minister on Monday repeated his concerns over bringing back nationals from territory previously controlled by ISIL, adding that "repatriating these children was not a decision the Australian government made lightly". "The profile and the publicity around this family will also make it quite problematic for them to just integrate back into normal life in Australia".

Her sister Hoda, who was 11 when she was taken out of Australia, told Four Corners: "I didn't know I was in Syria until after we crossed the borders and I heard people speaking Arabic".

"I think we need to keep it very much in perspective".

A report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, which was published past year, estimated that up to 41,490 international citizens from 80 countries joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria between April 2013 and June 2018.

The group includes five family members of Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian terrorist who is infamously known for posing in a photo next to his son, then aged seven, who was holding a severed human head.

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