Anti-IS fighter detained in Australia for ‘political reason’

A Canadian war veteran who fought with a Kurdish militia against the Islamic State risks deportation after being detained on arrival in Australia.

His Queensland-based father fears any order would mean his son, who was visiting for the first time in 20 years, would never be able to return to the country.

Detainee Robert Somerville’s Melbourne-based lawyer, Jessie Smith of Stary Norton Halphen, said the 28-year-old had been detained after failing to fill out immigration forms with the name he’d been given when fighting in Syria.


Background… Two more former Canadian Forces soldiers have reportedly picked up arms alongside Kurdish militia to fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS) in Syria.

The revelation was made by another veteran who hailed from the same Alberta-based regiment and took a similar gamble last year.

h/t MiniCapt