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ISIS kids set for Australia: Orphaned children of slain terrorist set to be flown back from refugee camp as many more wait for the green light

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 23/05/2019 Kelsey Wilkie For Daily Mail Australia
a group of people walking in the snow: The young children have been stranded in the Kurdish-controlled al-Hawl refugee camp in western Syria since their parents were killed © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The young children have been stranded in the Kurdish-controlled al-Hawl refugee camp in western Syria since their parents were killed

Orphaned children of an Islamic State fighter who are being held in a Syrian refugee camp could soon be returned to Australia as political pressure continues to build.

The three children, aged between six and 12, were taken from Australia to Syria when their parents Yasin Rizvic and Fauzia Khamal Bacha joined the terrorist group in 2014.

Rizvic, from Bosnia, had been a senior figure at the Al-Furqan Islamic centre in Melbourne – which was often linked to radical extremism before its closure in 2015.

He died while fighting for the terrorist group in 2016. Bacha later died also, yet circumstances around her death are not known.

The young children have been stranded in the Kurdish-controlled al-Hawl refugee camp in western Syria since their parents were killed, ABC reported.

However, the children could soon be returned to Australia.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Yasin Rizvic (pictured) from Bosnia, had been senior figure at the Al-Furqan centre in Melbourne ¿ which was often linked to radical extremism © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Yasin Rizvic (pictured) from Bosnia, had been senior figure at the Al-Furqan centre in Melbourne ¿ which was often linked to radical extremism

The Australian has reported three children, believed to be of Bosnian background, were likely to be the first children from the war to be returned home. 

It's unclear whether the orphans mentioned are Rizvic's children.  

Australian authorities have reportedly been working to move the children to Lebanon or Iraq, where they would meet with an Aust­ralian consular official before being flown to Melbourne.

Authorities have also been trying to locate relatives in Australia who could take the children, but it is understood the children do not have much in terms of extended family in the country. 

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the children shouldn’t be made to suffer but stood firm on the government stance that no Australian official would be put in harm’s way to extradite them from a conflict zone.

'When it comes to children, we will deal with each and every case on its merits, but in every single case we will be putting the security of Australians at the top of the list.'

a group of people standing in front of a military uniform: Khaled Sharrouf (far right) and Abdullah, 12, and Zarqawi, 11, were killed alongside in September 2017 in a US air strike on ISIS territory © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Khaled Sharrouf (far right) and Abdullah, 12, and Zarqawi, 11, were killed alongside in September 2017 in a US air strike on ISIS territory a group of people sitting posing for the camera: The orphaned children (pictured) of notorious terrorist Khaled Sharrouf could be back on Australian soil in a matter of weeks (Zaynab, top left; Hoda, top right; Humzeh, bottom centre; Abdullah, bottom right; Zarqawi, bottom left) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The orphaned children (pictured) of notorious terrorist Khaled Sharrouf could be back on Australian soil in a matter of weeks (Zaynab, top left; Hoda, top right; Humzeh, bottom centre; Abdullah, bottom right; Zarqawi, bottom left)

Who was Yasin Rizvic?

Yasin Rizvic settled in Australia after fleeing war-torn Bosnia in 1990s

He was a close associate of Harun Mehicevic, the founder of the Al-Furqan Da'wah Centre in Melbourne

Rizvic is believed to have left Australia with his wife and children around 2014

Pressure has been mounting from the United States Government and the Syrian Democratic Forces to have citizens returned home as soon as possible. 

There are 40 surviving Australian women and children who were caught up in the bloody battle for Baghouz.

The three youngest children of notorious terrorist Khaled Sharrouf have also been kept at the refugee camp. 

The children have been pleading for help to return to Australia, however, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that national security was his number one priority.

Zaynab, 17, Hoda, 16, and Humzeh, 8, were taken to Syria by their parents, who have since died.

Zaynab now has two toddler daughters and is heavily pregnant with a third child.

Mr Morrison said last month the government had been working with international aid workers to repatriate them. 

Australians begging to come home after fighting with ISIS 

Oliver Bridgeman, 21

a man wearing a blue shirt: Olive Bridgeman, 21, (pictured) claims he went to Syria to be a humanitarian worker. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Olive Bridgeman, 21, (pictured) claims he went to Syria to be a humanitarian worker.

Mahir Absar Alam, 26, 

a close up of a person: Mahir Absar Alam, 26, (pictured), was caught just outside Baghouz. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mahir Absar Alam, 26, (pictured), was caught just outside Baghouz.

Ahmed Merhi, 27

a person taking a selfie: Ahmed Merhi, 27, (pictured) has begged Australia to help him escape. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ahmed Merhi, 27, (pictured) has begged Australia to help him escape.

Janai Safar, 24

a person wearing a hat: Janai Safar, 24, (pictured), previously vowed never to return to Australia. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Janai Safar, 24, (pictured), previously vowed never to return to Australia.

Zehra Duman, 24, 

a person posing for the camera: Zehra Duman, 24, (pictured) hit headlines in Australia when she fled to Syria in 2014. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Zehra Duman, 24, (pictured) hit headlines in Australia when she fled to Syria in 2014.

Khaled Sharrouf's children: Zaynab, 17, Hoda, 16, and Humzeh, eight

a group of people sitting posing for the camera: Zaynab (top left), Hoda (top right), and Humzeh (bottom, middle) are in the al-Howl camp. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Zaynab (top left), Hoda (top right), and Humzeh (bottom, middle) are in the al-Howl camp.

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