‘I wasn’t brainwashed into joining ISIS,’ says Aussie doctor

Australian doctor, Dr. Tareq Kamleh or Abu Yousef al-Australie, gained international attention in April after a video of him was published to social media accounts with links to ISIS where he was urging other Muslim health professionals to travel to Syria after having joined the group himself. The video showed him in a pediatric hospital in war-ravaged Raqqa in Syria.

Dr. Kamleh sent a letter to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, who are investigating whether or not to deregister the Perth-born doctor, who is still technically allowed to practice medicine in Australia.

In the letter, dated May 8, the doctor denies being recruited to the jihadist organization and says that his decision was “very well educated and calculated… it did not involve any brainwashing,”