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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ISIS fighters want to come home

Tony Abbott announced that young Muslim men who chose to go to Syria to fight with ISIS will be arrested, prosecuted and jailed if they return to Australia.  At least three men have been in negotiations with government officials.

Approaches have been made by intermediaries or family members over the past six months - one to the Australian Embassy in Ankara Turkey, another to the Dept of Foreign Affairs in Canberra and the third to the Federal Police.

"There are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of innocent people who have been killed by the Da'ish death cult and the other terrorist groups in that part of the world" Mr Abbott said.

"We have seen with our own eyes on the TV the mass executions, the beheadings, the crucifixions, the sexual slavery.  This is a gruesome, ghastly, medieval barbarism which has erupted in the modern world. The last thing any Australian should do, is join it."

The lawyer for an Australian man who wants to come home said the trained medic would be a valuable resource for authorities as they try to steer young Australians away from radical ideas but the Prime Minister is adamant.  "A crime is a crime is a crime" he said.

More than 30 Australians have been killed fighting in Syria and Iraq so far.