Kids taken to war zones ‘deserve reform’

Khaled Sharrouf and young children in a propaganda video. Photo ABC

Khaled Sharrouf and young children in a propaganda video. Photo ABC

Rebekah Ison


The children of terrorists who are taken to war zones and exposed to unspeakable horrors should be treated as child abuse victims and offered a chance to reform, Australia’s justice minister says.

Michael Keenan made the comments after weekend news reports about a disturbing new video said to show Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf grilling his young son about how to kill people, and the boy wielding a knife and demonstrating how he’d do it.

The Islamic State fighter’s five young children were taken to Syria by their mother in 2013, and Mr Keenan has told News Corp Australia they are victims: ‘In no circumstances are we going to accept anyone who poses a security risk to Australia, but a seven-year-old, we have to work with them to try and bring them back to the community.’

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