IRAQ: IS FIGHTER WITH STRONG FAMILY LINKS TO AUSTRALIA IS SENTENCED TO DEATH
November 16, 2018:
An Islamic State (IS) fighter with strong family links to Australia has been sentenced to death by an Iraqi court after making detailed admissions about the operations and plots of the extremist group, ABC reported on 14 November 2018. (Sources: abc.net.au, 14/11/2018)
The ABC has obtained the Iraq court records for Tarek Khayat, a 46-year-old builder from Tripoli in northern Lebanon, who says he was appointed as an accountant for an IS battalion based in Raqqa.
The records reveal Khayat was captured by United States and Iraqi forces on the Iraq-Syria border on December 27, 2017, five months after he had been severely wounded during airstrikes on Raqqa. He was so badly wounded that his leg was amputated in the local hospital.
Khayat gave evidence to the court about his contact with alleged extremists in Australia.