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Aussie Islamic State fighter Neil Prakash asks for consular help

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 13/08/2017
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Australian Islamic State fighter Neil Prakash has reportedly requested Australian consular assistance, months after helping to plan terror attacks targeted at Australia.

The Melbourne-born ISIS recruiter has spent the past 10 months in a maximum security prison in Turkey, after being arrested on October 24 last year.

The 27-year-old has told Turkish authorities he married a Dutch jihadi bride while fighting in Syria and had two children who may be entitled to Australian citizenship, News Corp reports.

Australian law dictates that a child born overseas to at least one parent with Australian citizenship is entitled to citizenship.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop confirmed consular officials in Turkey were providing "basic" assistance to Mr Prakash.

Mr Prakash become one of Australia’s most wanted criminals after he spent three years recruiting Australians to join ISIS.

He fed his recruits advice on how to travel to Syria and urged them to carry out terror attacks in Australia.

In May, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he expects Australia to extradite Mr Prakash within months.

"He will be brought back to Australia and he will face court," Mr Turnbull told 3AW.

“We should be getting him back within months. We want him back here to face the music in Australia… He’s a very dangerous person and we don’t want him out and about anywhere in the world, raising money and directing the operations of (ISIS).”

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