Prime Minister Scott Morrison has beaten the orphaned terrorist father in a refugee camp and says that national security will be the first priority when assessing whether they will be allowed to return to Australia.
In the marginal liberal seat of Corangamite on Tuesday, Mr. Morrison used powerful language to condemn the late Khaled Sharrouf, an ISIS fighter who took his children to the Syrian war zone.
& # 39; He was a murderous terrorist. He was a despicable person, & said Mr. Morrison.
& # 39; And the fact that he has placed his children in that environment is unthinkable as a parent. This is a very special brand of evil that he lived and no one is unhappy to see the back of him.
& # 39; But when it comes to the kids … we will place the safety of Australians at the top of the list. & # 39;
The orphaned children (photos & # 39; s) of the infamous terrorist Khaled Sharrouf could be back on Australian soil if they could come from Syria and an Australian embassy (Zaynab, top left; Hoda, top right; Hamza, bottom, Abdullah, bottom right; Zarqawi, bottom left)
Hoda (left), Zaynab (right) and Humzeh (center) are alive and in the camp. Abdullah (second from left) and Zarqawi (second from right) are believed to have died in air strikes
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is considering bringing home the orphans of terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, but says that national security is his first priority
The three youngest children of Sharrouf are at a refugee camp in Syria and have been reunited with their grandmother Karen Nettleton, 58, who has negotiated with officials to bring the youth back to Australia.
Zaynab, 17, Hoda, 16, and Humzeh, 8, were brought to Syria by their parents, who have since died.
Zaynab now has two toddler daughters and is heavily pregnant with a third child.
Mrs. Nettleton has worked tirelessly to find her grandchildren and take them home.
After two failed attempts to find the children over five years old, Mrs. Nettleton was finally able to find them after a phone call in March from 16-year-old Hoda.
Karen desperately tries to bring her grandchildren back to Australia for five years. She kept sporadic contact with the children via text messages and phone calls and often received messages from those desperately begging to be brought home
Emotional reunification: the grandmother of Sydney, Karen Nettleton (photo right), was reunited with her grandchildren last month, five years after being taken to an ISIS stronghold. Granddaughter Hoda Sharrouf, 16, is wearing a black niqab
The heartwarming moment also marked the first time Karen met her great-grandchildren, the children Aiesha and Fatimah of Zaynab
ABC & # 39; s Four Corners captured the heartbreaking moment when Karen finally found her grandchildren on the filthy campsite of more than 70,000 refugees
ABC & # 39; s Four Corners captured the heartbreaking moment when Mrs. Nettleton finally found her grandchildren at the filthy campground of more than 70,000 refugees.
Although she can locate her grandchildren in the camp, it is still a long way before Mrs. Nettleton can take them home.
The Kurdish authorities must approve the release of the children and await permission from the Australian government.
THE CHILDREN OF KHALED SHARROUF
Daughter Zaynab, 17 – Alive
Daughter Hoda, 15 – Living
Son Abdullah – died in 2017 at the age of 12
Son Zarqawi – died 11 years old in 2017
Son Humzeh, eight – Alive
Earlier this month, Mr. Morrison said the government worked with international aid workers to repatriate them.
Both Mrs. Nettleton and her grandchildren have claimed that they do not pose a threat to Australians and do not deserve to pay the price for their parents' actions.
& # 39; We were not the ones who chose to come here in the first place. We were brought here by our parents. And now that our parents are gone … we want to live, & said Zaynab.
Nettleton said that her grandchildren are not "a danger or danger to anyone".
& # 39; Zaynab is a mother, 17 years old, two children, one on the way. Humzeh is a little boy – eight. His biggest concern is his friends. And Hoda is the silent one. She is … she is the real soft, & Karen added.
& # 39; Just because their last name is Sharrouf does not mean that they are monsters. Are my children at risk for Australia? Absolutely not. Absolutely not. No way. & # 39;
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has argued that domestic politics should not influence the decision to admit the children to Australia.
Khaled Sharrouf (left) who died in 2017 became Australia's notorious self-assured terrorist after images circulated about his young son who held up the soldier's severed head and subtitled: & # 39; That's my son & # 39;
Her two other brothers, Abdullah, 12, and Zarqawi, 11, were killed together with Khaled in September 2017 in an American air attack on ISIS territory
Mr. Shorten said that the children cannot be held responsible for being dragged into a war zone.
& # 39; They should not be political football – they have suffered & # 39 ;, he told reporters in Adelaide.
& # 39; Their parents took them to a war zone, incredibly irresponsible. Their parents took them into a regime of terrorism. These children should not be held responsible for what their parents did. & # 39;
The three children, along with their two other brothers Abdullah and Zarqawi, were brought to Syria in 2014 by their mother Tara Nettleton while ISIS fought to establish an Islamist Caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq.
Tara, who died in 2015, was married to ISIS terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, who became notorious after photos of his young son circulating up a soldier's severed head and subtitling: & # 39; that is my son. & # 39;
Sharrouf was killed with his two oldest sons, Abdullah and Zarqawi, during an American air raid near Raqqa in 2017.
After ISIS 'defeat last year, the three remaining children were taken to the camp in Northern Syria controlled by the Kurdish government and begged to return home.
Australians beg to come home after fighting with ISIS
Oliver Bridgeman, 21
Olive Bridgeman, 21, (photo) claims he went to Syria to be a humanitarian aid worker.
- The 21-year-old from Toowoomba in Queensland & Darling Downs claimed that he had traveled to Syria to be a humanitarian aid worker.
- He previously assured his mother and father that he had not fought in the war-torn country, where ISIS terrorists are fighting for control.
- His passport has been canceled by the Australian government and he has been stuck in the war-torn area since 2016.
Mahir Absar Alam, 26,
Mahir Absar Alam, 26, (photo), was caught just outside Baghouz.
- Alam joined the Islamic State just four weeks after it proclaimed its so-called Caliphate in 2014.
- He reportedly expressed his regret to join.
- The 26-year-old faces spend time in a prison camp in Syria and can be brought to Iraq for trial or possibly deported to Australia, where he can be prosecuted.
Ahmed Merhi, 27
Ahmed Merhi, 27, (photo) has begged Australia to help him escape.
- The Sydney terrorist, Ahmed Merhi, has begged Australia to help him after he was sentenced to death by being stuck in Iraq.
- The former student of the Granville Boys High School, from the west of Sydney, traveled to Syria in 2014 or 2015.
- He claimed at the time that he was traveling to the war-torn area to provide assistance.
Janai Safar, 24
Janai Safar, 24, (photo), has previously vowed never to return to Australia.
- Safar lives in a refugee camp in northern Syria after his defeat.
- She left Australia to allegedly become a member of the jihadist terror group in 2015.
- She previously promised that she would never return to Australia.
- & # 39; It was my decision to go here to leave naked women in the street. I don't want my son being brought up there, & she said.
Zehra Duman, 24,
Zehra Duman, 24, (photo) hit the headlines in Australia when she fled to Syria in 2014.
- Duman, from Melbourne, is believed to be held at the al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria with her two-year-old son and six-month-old daughter.
- She claims she has been trying to leave ISIS for two years.
- The 24-year-old said she knew Australians would be angry with her, but emphasized: & My children have the right to be treated as normal children. & # 39;
Khaled Sharrouf & # 39; s children: Zaynab, 17, Hoda, 16, and Humzeh, eight
Zaynab (top left), Hoda (top right) and Humzeh (bottom, center) are in the al-Howl camp.
- The remaining three children of the Australian terrorist have been detained since mid-March in al-Hawl refugee camp in northeastern Syria.
- Their mother, Tara Nettleton, who lives in Sydney, smuggled the children from Australia after her husband left to join the Caliphate.
- Nettleton would have died in 2016, while Sharrouf and his two oldest sons would have been killed in 2017 in an air raid.