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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 03:01 PM

An Australian woman went to Syria to find her ISIS-raised grandchildren


The fate of children raised by foreign fighters in the Islamic State has become an international issue following the collapse of the group’s caliphate over the past year.

Facing a slow government response to issues surrounding her family, an Australian woman decided to take matters into her own hands.

Karen Nettleton traveled to the Syrian refugee camp of al-Hawl to find three of her grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. When she finally embraced them after years apart, one of her granddaughters, Hoda Sharrouf, said that she couldn’t believe it.

“I’m pretty sure I’m dreaming,” 16-year-old Hoda said, according to footage aired on Monday, captured by an Australian television crew with ABC-TV’s Four Corners.

“You’re not dreaming. You’re not going to wake up,” Nettleton said in response.

Hoda and her siblings — 17-year-old sister Zaynab Sharrouf and 8-year-old brother Humzeh Sharrouf — live with Zaynab Sharrouf’s two young daughters in the camp. They are believed to be the only surviving members of a family that fled to Syria and gained infamy in Australia.

The family was brought to Syria by Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian fighter who sparked worldwide horror in 2014 after tweeting a photograph of a young boy, apparently his son, holding a severed human head in a town controlled by the Islamic State.

“That’s my boy!” a caption on the photo said.

Khaled Sharrouf, who Australian authorities said had a history of mental illness, went to the Middle East to join the nascent Islamic State in 2013. His wife, Tara Nettleton, and their five children soon followed.

The Australian government is surprisingly progressive in acknowledging that the terrorist had a history of mental illness. In the US, that is reserved for white mass shooters.

And they have shown tremendous compassion in allowing the children to return to Australia with their grandmother. If anyone is interested, the Trump administration has given a hard NO on allowing children of US citizen ISIS fighters/supporters back to the US.

There are videos at the link.

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 03:37 PM

1. The unfathomable bravery of that woman

What a superhero.

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