Tuesday 16 July 2019

Isil fighters' children rescued by Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: David Gray/Reuters
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: David Gray/Reuters

Josie Ensor

Australia has rescued eight children and grandchildren of two dead Australian Isil jihadists from a Syrian refugee camp.

The operation removed the children from a camp in northern Syria. The government said it was now working on bringing them back to Australia. Those rescued, aged from two to 18, included the three surviving children of Muslim convert Tara Nettleton and jihadist Khaled Sharrouf, who was photographed standing next to his young son holding a severed human head in 2014.

The two daughters of his pregnant daughter, Zaynab Sharrouf, and the three offspring of slain fighter Yasin Rizvic were also among the group set to be brought to Australia. Both men and their wives died in the conflict.

"They can't be held responsible for the crimes of their parents. They have got off to a horrible start in life as a result of the appalling decisions of their parents, and they'll find their home in Australia and I'm sure they'll be embraced by Australians," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The children are staying in a safe location in Iraq until Zaynab Sharrouf gives birth and officials run medical and psychological checks.

In Australia, the Sharrouf children will be placed in the custody of their grandmother while the Rizvic children will resettle in Melbourne.

Irish Independent

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