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A middle-class child laborer from the western suburbs of Sydney has claimed that she was duped into becoming the wife of an ISIS hunter. Mariam Dabboussy (photo) went to Lebanon for a holiday with her husband Kaled Zahab but ended up in Syria

A middle-class child laborer from the western suburbs of Sydney has claimed that she was duped into becoming the wife of an ISIS hunter.

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Mariam Dabboussy was not a devout Muslim, but her life changed at the age of 22 when she married Kaled Zahab.

The woman, who had been helping children and helping migrants in Sydney, went to the Middle East in mid-2015 with her husband and their 18-month-old child.

Four years later, Dabboussy, now the mother of three, is detained in al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria, where she and her children live in & # 39; fear & # 39; lives, but tries to live a normal life.

& # 39; We're trying to pretend we're normal, trying to make Big Mac burgers, trying to make chicken nuggets, trying to find soy sauce or a replica, something like that, trying to make Asian food, & # 39; she told ABC & # 39; s Four Corners program.

& # 39; And then we live in fear the rest of the time. & # 39;

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A middle-class child laborer from the western suburbs of Sydney has claimed that she was duped into becoming the wife of an ISIS hunter. Mariam Dabboussy (photo) went to Lebanon for a holiday with her husband Kaled Zahab but ended up in Syria

A middle-class child laborer from the western suburbs of Sydney has claimed that she was duped into becoming the wife of an ISIS hunter. Mariam Dabboussy (photo) went to Lebanon for a holiday with her husband Kaled Zahab but ended up in Syria

Mrs. Dabboussy traveled with her new husband to Lebanon to be deceived to Syria.

& # 39; It started as a normal vacation, & # 39; said Mrs. Dabboussy.

& # 39; My husband had never left the country at the time. So it was the first time he agreed to take me abroad.

& # 39; We had planned a really nice vacation. We went to Malaysia, took me to Dubai, we went to Lebanon. & # 39;

Mrs. Dabboussy was initially transferred from Lebanon to a house in southern Turkey near the border with Syria.

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From there she was driven to a dusty piece of land.

& # 39; There were other people there and there was … there was a man, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; And he started telling us: & # 39; Run before they shoot, & # 39; Run before they start shooting. & # 39; & # 39; And we didn't know what was going on. & # 39;

Mariam Dabboussy was not a devout Muslim, but her life changed at the age of 22 when she married Kaled Zahab (photo). The woman who had been a childcare and migrant worker went to the Middle East in mid-2015 with her husband and their 18-month-old child

Mariam Dabboussy was not a devout Muslim, but her life changed at the age of 22 when she married Kaled Zahab (photo). The woman who had been a childcare and migrant worker went to the Middle East in mid-2015 with her husband and their 18-month-old child

Mariam Dabboussy was not a devout Muslim, but her life changed at the age of 22 when she married Kaled Zahab (photo). The woman who had been a childcare and migrant worker went to the Middle East in mid-2015 with her husband and their 18-month-old child

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& # 39; I looked around, I think, & # 39; & # 39; What am I going to do? & # 39; & # 39; I'm in the middle of nowhere, I don't even know where I am. There are gun shots. Now I have just started running. & # 39;

She didn't get far, with men bundling her in a car and taking her to a house that had a black flag of the Islamic State.

& # 39; When I entered that house and saw a flag, I saw a flag and asked around, & # 39; said Mrs. Dabboussy.

& # 39; Some women, they spoke very broken Arabic, they didn't really speak. They were quite surprised that I didn't know what was going on. Some people laughed at me.

& # 39; I mean, over time, we've just found out that we've just been scammed by the boys. & # 39;

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The man who married Mrs. Dabboussy is now dead after being killed three months later by a coalition air strike.

The mother of three has since been forced to remarry twice and claims that life has only become more difficult.

& # 39; I'd like to say it was the hardest time … But everything that happened after that was just more epic, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; So from the beginning, the first shock of entering and being in Syria, you would think that would be the greatest.

& # 39; But every event that took place afterwards only got harder and harder. & # 39;

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She is one of 20 Australian women, with 44 children among them, who languish in filthy tents in the Middle East, after traveling there to take part in a fight for an Islamic caliphate in Syria and northern Iraq. to settle.

The elder brother of her husband Muhammad Zahab, a fundamentalist Muslim, lived in Syria when Mrs. Dabboussy was lured there four years ago.

He was the brain behind supplying ten family members to ISIS.

Mohammed grew up with cousin Nesrine Zahab, who stays in the camp in Syria.

She was 21 years old and single when she was in Syria after claiming to feed refugees on the border with Turkey.

She is one of 20 Australian women, with 44 children among them, who languish in filthy tents in the Middle East, after having traveled there to take part in a fight to establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria (photo is the al-Hawl refugee camp)

She is one of 20 Australian women, with 44 children among them, who languish in filthy tents in the Middle East, after having traveled there to take part in a fight to establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria (photo is the al-Hawl refugee camp)

She is one of 20 Australian women, with 44 children among them, who languish in filthy tents in the Middle East, after having traveled there to take part in a fight to establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria (photo is the al-Hawl refugee camp)

& # 39; Who enters a war zone? & # 39; Nesrine said, amid claims that she knew what she was starting.

& # 39; I had a whole family. I had a lot going on. I did uni. I had everything. I did uni. I had everything.

& # 39; I found out that I was in Syria – have I had a heart attack? Have I cried and shouted and smothered a fit like a little girl? & # 39;

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Nesrine is now 25 years old and the mother of an 18-year-old son. She married ISIS hunter Ahmed Merhi, who also came from Sydney.

He is now locked up in Iraq after being sentenced to death. Nesrine went to the refugee camp with her son alone.

& # 39; The community thinks we're a threat … But really, I just exposed my face, so who's being followed on the street now? & # 39; Nesrine said:

& # 39; Ask me all the questions you want. I will give you all the answers. I have nothing to hide.

& # 39; I have done nothing wrong. And I'm not doing anything wrong, and I'm not going to do anything wrong.

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Not everyone is convinced that she has been misled to go to Syria.

Interior Minister Peter Dutton was approved in July of new temporary exclusion orders that are likely to delay the return of women married to ISIS hunters and their children, even if they are dual citizens of Australia.

& # 39; These are not innocent women who have brought their children to war theater, & # 39; he said to the ABC.

Mrs. Dabboussy and women like her are considered by the government to be a & # 39; major security threat to our country & # 39 ;.

A photo taken on February 25, 2017 shows a general view of the tents in which displaced Iraqi refugees live who have recently fled from Mosul in a camp in al-Hol

A photo taken on February 25, 2017 shows a general view of the tents in which displaced Iraqi refugees live who have recently fled from Mosul in a camp in al-Hol

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A photo taken on February 25, 2017 shows a general view of the tents in which displaced Iraqi refugees live who have recently fled from Mosul in a camp in al-Hol

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