There. Was that so hard? The idea that these enemy combatants should be welcomed back after they have joined up with an entity that has repeatedly declared that it is at war with the West is beyond absurd, but it is the prevailing view in Europe and North America.
“Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf becomes first to lose citizenship under anti-terror laws,” by Jane Norman and Caitlyn Gribbin, ABC.net.au, February 10, 2017:
Australian Islamic State (IS) fighter Khaled Sharrouf has become the first dual national to be stripped of their citizenship under the Federal Government’s anti-terror laws.
National security sources confirmed to the ABC the 35-year-old’s citizenship had been revoked, meaning he cannot legally return to Australia if he chooses to leave the Middle East.
The convicted terrorist slipped out of Australia in 2013 using his brother’s passport and travelled to Syria with fellow Sydney man Mohamed Elomar to join the Islamic State terrorist group.
The pair shot to global infamy the following year when photos were posted online of them, and Sharrouf’s seven-year-old son, holding the severed heads of pro-Syrian Government soldiers.
Amid concerns about the threat posed by returning foreign fighters, Federal Parliament passed tough counter-terrorism laws in 2015, giving the Immigration Minister the power to strip the citizenship from dual nationals involved in terrorism.
A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed a person involved in overseas terrorism had had their citizenship cancelled, but would not reveal that person’s identity….