Kamleh’s decision to go to the Islamic State was “well-educated and calculated” on the basis of his commitment to Islam: “I saw this as part of my jihad for Islam,” he has explained. But that is the one aspect of his motivation that Western analysts are determined to ignore, and so they go searching for something else, anything else, that could possibly explain it.
“‘Pathology here is incredible’: Sex pest ISIS doctor boasts how much better Syria’s health system is compared to Australia – and describes a premature baby he delivered as ‘still kicking,'” by Sarah Michael and Leesa Smith, Daily Mail Australia, June 17, 2015 (thanks to Robert):
An Australian doctor who fled to the Middle Least [sic] to join ISIS has boasted about the quality of the medical services available in Syria on social media.
Tareq Badawi Kamleh, who fled to Syria in March, faced terrorism charges in an Adelaide court on Thursday.
Kamleh has been active on social media in the past week, posting an image of an X-ray done in Syria and saying the ‘Pathology here is incredible’.
He also posted an image of a premature baby he delivered last month, along with the caption ‘Our little half a kilo gem, still kicking several days on’.
Others commented on his Facebook post congratulating him for his work.
‘You can do it dr Tareq Kamleh,’ one person posted.
Another wrote: ‘Awww preterm baby… SGA [small for gestational age]? Hows the APGAR score bro? In Sha Alla the baby will grow healthy and a God- Fearing Mujahidin.’
An APGAR score is taken by assessing a baby’s heart rate, respiratory effort, colour, muscle tone, and reflex irritability shortly after birth.
The Australian Federal Police obtained an arrest warrant Kamleh when his matter was heard in the Adelaide Magistrates’ Court by Judge Elizabeth Bolton on Thursday.
The warrant relates to charges including membership of a terrorist organisation, recruiting for a terrorist organisation and entering or remaining in a declared area.
‘Should Dr Kamleh return to Australia, this warrant authorises law enforcement to arrest him immediately,’ the AFP said in a statement.
Kamleh has previously stated he never intends to return to Australia.
The court hearing was closed due to ‘national security’.
Kamleh appeared in an ISIS recruitment video earlier this year, calling on other foreign medics to join him.
It is unclear whether the charges related to his appearance in the video, or if he is accused of recruiting a specific person to the terrorist organisation.
Last month, Kamleh hit out at claims he was brainwashed into making the move to the Middle East in an open letter.
Kamleh, who was living in Perth until he moved to the Middle East in March, has responded to the the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency who confirmed it had taken action against the paediatrician after he appeared in an ISIS video urging foreign medics to join him.
Abu Yousef al-Australie, as he likes to be known, insists in the letter that his fundamental lifestyle change was an educated decision, while he also made scathing attacks on the country he vows to never call home again.
‘I made a very well-educated and calculated decision to come here, it did not involve any brain washing,’ the letter says.
‘I have come here as there are locals suffering from normal medical conditions despite being surrounded by war, with an overt lack of qualified medical care.
‘Is it not my humanitarian duty to help these children also?!…or only kids with white skin and blue passports?!’
Kamleh then goes on to blame Australia’s military involvement for more deaths than that of the extremist group.
‘Interestingly the 2 drone strikes that have occurred since I have been here have not claimed the life of a single male, let alone a solider…..good work “Team Australia”!!….from what I’ve seen you have more blood on your hands that ISIS has on their knives…’
The doctor, believed to be in his late 20s, slammed media reports that his holiday with friends in South Africa was a recruitment drive for ISIS.
‘This “recruitment camp” that the media continues to refer to was a fishing trip to Cape York with friends from Adelaide of 10 years, which consisted of 2 truckies with their wives, and a male nurse….all non-Muslim Caucasian Australians…..many photos of big fish and beautiful beaches to go with it…..I don’t think even they knew they were ‘expert recruiters’.’
Although Kamleh could face up to 25 years behind bars if he returns to Australia – he made it abundantly clear before signing off on his letter that he would not allow this to happen.
‘I never intend to return to Australia, I have finally returned home.’ …