Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday he felt for the five children of an Australian convicted terrorist in the Islamic State movement who became notorious last year for posing for photographs while clutching the severed heads of Syrian victims.
But Prime Minister Tony Abbott would make no promises that his government would help repatriate the young family from the Middle East following the father’s reported death, saying that keeping Australia safe was his first priority.
Reports that the children’s Australian father Khaled Sharrouf, 33, and his Australian friend Mohamed Elomar, 30, had been killed in airstrikes in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in Iraq have intensified calls from relatives for Australian help to bring the family home.
The children were taught to play with severed heads as part of their instruction in Islam.
Australia owes them nothing.
Let Mother raise them herself in Islam’s paradise on earth.