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Australia issues warrant for doctor recruiting in Syria

Australia issues arrest warrant for Australian doctor recruiting for Islamic State from Syria

Australia issues warrant for doctor recruiting in Syria

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian police have issued an arrest warrant for an Australian doctor who has appeared in an Islamic State movement recruitment video urging Western medical professionals to join him in Syria.

Tareq Kamleh is a 29-year-old Australian born and educated doctor who appeared in the video in April describing his medical work in Syria as his "jihad for Islam."

Australian Federal Police said in a statement on Thursday that Kamleh will be arrested if he returns to Australia on three terrorism charges that carry a maximum total of 45 years in prison.

The blue-eyed son of a Palestinian father and German-born Muslim convert mother has said his only regret about leaving Australia last year to join the Islamic State movement is that he had not left sooner.

Updated : 2021-09-17 22:18 GMT+08:00