Humanitarian refugee program bites Australia. “Suspected Australian extremist held in Iraq,” by Rebecca Weisser and Pia Akerman for The Australian, with thanks to Davida:
AN Australian citizen has been arrested by coalition forces in Iraq on suspicion of conspiring to commit terrorist acts.
Warya Kanie, 39, an Iraqi Kurd, came to Australia about three years ago with his young daughter as part of the humanitarian refugee program to join his three brothers, who were already living in Adelaide.
Mr Kanie, who had divorced his wife, was living in a housing trust apartment on unemployment benefits and receiving additional benefits as a single father.
A member of the Australian Iraqi community, who spoke to The Weekend Australian on condition of anonymity, said Mr Kanie was a Sunni and “had extremist views“.
Mr Kanie left Adelaide about seven months ago, after gaining Australian citizenship, telling his family that he was going to look for a new wife in Iraq.
But he allegedly told a friend that he was leaving Australia “to go on jihad“.
Mr Kanie is alleged to have been staunchly opposed to the occupation of Iraq and supported terrorist acts against Western forces and Iraqis co-operating with them.
Sharif Ali bin Hussein, imam of the Marion Road mosque in Adelaide’s southern suburbs where Mr Kanie is thought to have worshipped, denied through an interpreter knowing him.
Amazing how no one who ever participates in jihad violence ever seems to have seen the inside of a mosque.