Orphans of the Islamic State: Australian children return home

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Three Australian children whose father died fighting for the Islamic State should be brought back to the country within a few months.

The children, aged between eight and 12, lived with their parents in Melbourne before the family went to Syria in the early days of the conflict, L & # 39; Australian relationships.

Their father was killed in battle and their mother died in unknown circumstances.

The children are believed to be in a Syrian refugee camp, with the authorities working to take them to Lebanon or Iraq to be taken back to Australia.

They are among 70 Australians – mostly women and children – who are believed to be in Syrian camps.

media_cameraA child waits behind a barbed wire fence in the Al-Hol camp, which is home to relatives of IS members in north-eastern Syria. Image: Delil Souleiman / AFP

Interior Minister Peter Dutton said no Australian official would be endangered to remove Australian citizens from northern Syria.

"Australian officials cannot facilitate the safe passage of people out of conflict zones," said Dutton L & # 39; Australian.

"When it comes to children, we will deal with each case in detail, but in any case we will put the safety of Australians at the top of the list."

Originally published as orphans of the Islamic state to return home

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