CANBERRA - Australian Prime Minister
Scott Morrison has ruled out allowing an Australian Islamic State (IS) bride
back into the country to provide better care for her children.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Morrison said that a woman
who left the country to fight for terrorist organizations had to face
consequences for her actions.
"They have to take responsibility for those decisions to
join up with terrorists who are fighting Australia. I'm not going to put any
Australian at risk to try to extract people from those situations," he
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
(ABC) from a refugee camp in northeast Syria, the woman, who refused to confirm
her identity, said she wants to come back to Australia because her two-year-old
son and six-month-old son have fallen ill.
"Both of my kids are sick. (My daughter is) very
malnourished, she's ... very skinny," she said.
"My daughter needs milk and I don't have money to buy her
milk. I don't know what to do now," she said.
"I want to go back to my country. I think everybody's
asking for that because I'm an Australian citizen."
The prime minister said "they (the parents) have placed
their children in this horrendous position... I think the children are innocent
victims in the terrorist acts of their parents."
"There is a process for us to deal with them under
Australian law, and they will face the full force of Australian law should they
be in a position to seek to come back," he added.
According to data released by the Australian Department of Home
Affairs in February, the fates of up to 100 Australians who left the country
for the Middle East to take up the fight for IS remain unknown.
Two days ago, Canberra rejected calls from the United States to
"take responsibility" for its home-grown IS fighters, citing advice
that it would be "very dangerous" to repatriate them.
The bride's case is similar to that of Shamima Begum, a
19-year-old British IS bride whose newborn son died in a Syrian refugee camp
earlier in March, according to ABC.
Prior to her son's death Begum appealed to the British
government to allow her back into the country but the government instead
cancelled her citizenship.