Australian Doctor joins ISIS – in video encourages others
Dr Kamleh, who refers to himself as Abu Yusuf, urges other Muslim medical professionals to travel to IS-controlled territory and join in the Islamic State Health Service.
Australian Islamic State doctor Tareq Kamleh’s sudden change after mystery trip in 2013
From: Sydney Morning Herald
By: Tammy Mills, Patrick Hatch and Rachel Olding, April 28, 2015
Australian jihadist doctor Tareq Kamleh morphed suddenly from a partying “playboy” doctor to a strict Muslim after a mysterious camping trip, former colleagues say.
Dr Kamleh, who up until recently was working in the health system in Perth, appeared in a propaganda video for Islamic State released this week where he spruiked its health services and asked other Muslim clinicians to join him.
But before this recent infamy, he was working as a pediatrician at a Mackay hospital in north-east Queensland and it is here that former colleagues say he underwent a seismic shift in his personality.
Known as a partying and drinking playboy who constantly cheated on his girlfriend, Dr Kamleh embraced a fundamental interpretation of the religion of his parents in a few short days in 2013, colleagues said.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This story is consistent with other reports that the Islamic State appears to be establishing a social infrastructure, something we reported in September 2014. Earlier this week there were news reports of the first Islamic State birth certificate.
The media response to this has resulted in a variety of news stories. One painted the doctor as a “sexual predator“. Another interviewed a former classmate who stated the doctor was “attracted to violence”.
Dr Kamleh could be charged with a range of criminal offenses for joining/supporting a terrorist organization. If convicted, he would face maximum sentences of between three and 25 years in prison. He could also be imprisoned for up to 10 years for travelling to the Al-Raqqa province in Syria, a proscribed area under the Crimes Act. A criminal investigation has been initiated and the doctor’s home was searched.
Michael Gannon, president of the WA branch of the Australian Medical Association, told the West Australian on Monday that he was “appalled” and …
It’s mind-boggling that the death cult could hold appeal for an educated man.
He’s involved in an evil, evil cult and I think he should face much greater sanction than just being told you can’t be a doctor in Australia any more.
It was reported that Dr. Kamleh had mentioned in December that he was considering joining Doctors without Borders.