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ISIS bride who fled Melbourne to fight in Syria begs to return to Australia



'I have no money - they don't give us food': ISIS bride who fled Melbourne to fight in Syria aged 19 and boasted she was 'thirsty for Australian blood' demands to be let back into the country

  • Zehra Duman left Melbourne aged 19 to join terror group ISIS in Syria in 2014 
  • She married two ISIS fighters and had two children who are now 'very sick' 
  • Woman believed to be Duman has said from a camp she wants to come home
  • 'I think everybody's asking for that because I'm an Australian citizen,' she said

By Charlie Moore For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 19:45 EDT, 13 March 2019 | Updated: 23:19 EDT, 13 March 2019

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A woman believed to be an ISIS bride who fled Melbourne to fight in Syria and boasted about being thirsty for Australian blood has demanded to be let back in to the country. 

Zehra Duman left Melbourne aged 19 to join the terror group in 2014 - but is now thought to be in a Syrian refugee camp, desperate to come home. 

In an interview with an American humanitarian worker, a woman who refused to confirm her identity but is believed to be Duman said: 'I want to go back to my country.

'I think everybody's asking for that because I'm an Australian citizen.' 

Zehra Duman left Melbourne aged 19 to join the terror group in 2014 but is now thought to be in a Syrian refugee camp, desperate to come home. Pictured: The woman thought to be Duman in full Islamic dress holding her daughter alongside aid workers
Zehra Duman left Melbourne aged 19 to join the terror group in 2014 but is now thought to be in a Syrian refugee camp, desperate to come home. Pictured: The woman thought to be Duman in full Islamic dress holding her daughter alongside aid workers

Zehra Duman left Melbourne aged 19 to join the terror group in 2014 but is now thought to be in a Syrian refugee camp, desperate to come home. Pictured: The woman thought to be Duman in full Islamic dress holding her daughter alongside aid workers

In an interview (pictured) with an American humanitarian worker, a woman who refused to confirm her identity but is believed to be Duman said: 'I want to go back to my country'
In an interview (pictured) with an American humanitarian worker, a woman who refused to confirm her identity but is believed to be Duman said: 'I want to go back to my country'

In an interview (pictured) with an American humanitarian worker, a woman who refused to confirm her identity but is believed to be Duman said: 'I want to go back to my country'

In 2015, a Twitter account believed to be run by Duman under the name Umm Abdullatif showed pictures (above) of ISIS women carrying assault rifles and standing next to luxury cars
In 2015, a Twitter account believed to be run by Duman under the name Umm Abdullatif showed pictures (above) of ISIS women carrying assault rifles and standing next to luxury cars

In 2015, a Twitter account believed to be run by Duman under the name Umm Abdullatif showed pictures (above) of ISIS women carrying assault rifles and standing next to luxury cars

In one of her tweets, Duman boasted about her and American jihadi brides being thirty for Australian and American blood
In one of her tweets, Duman boasted about her and American jihadi brides being thirty for Australian and American blood

In one of her tweets, Duman boasted about her and American jihadi brides being thirty for Australian and American blood

The mother-of-two young children said she understood Australians would be angry with her but insisted: 'My kids have a right to be treated like normal kids.' 

The defeat of ISIS last year has displaced thousands of jihadi brides, many of whom are now in refugee camps in Syria.

Hundreds of babies have died and the woman said her two-year-old son and six-month-old daughter are sick and malnourished. 

Duman (pictured) hit headlines in Australia when she fled to Syria in 2014
Duman (pictured) hit headlines in Australia when she fled to Syria in 2014

Duman (pictured) hit headlines in Australia when she fled to Syria in 2014

'I have no money, I'm not allowed to have money, they don't give us food here and they don't let us contact our families,' she said in the interview at Al Hawl refugee camp that was sent to the ABC.

'I understand the anger that they have towards a lot of us here, but the kids don't need to suffer.'

The woman, 24, claimed she has been trying to leave ISIS for two years but could not because she had no money and would get killed if she were caught. 

Duman, a former student at Isik College Keysborough, hit headlines in Australia when she fled in 2014 to marry Mahmoud Abullatif, a former Melbourne party boy-turned Muslim extremist.

Her father, Davut Duman, said his daughter, who became a successful ISIS recruiter, had been 'brainwashed' and that he desperately wanted her home.

When Abullatif died in battle in 2015, Duman remarried and had two children with her second husband. 

In 2015, a Twitter account believed to be run by her under the name Umm Abdullatif showed pictures of ISIS women carrying assault rifles and standing next to luxury cars. 

In 2015, photographs (above) posted to a Twitter account believed to be hers showed several women standing under an Islamic State flag
In 2015, photographs (above) posted to a Twitter account believed to be hers showed several women standing under an Islamic State flag

In 2015, photographs (above) posted to a Twitter account believed to be hers showed several women standing under an Islamic State flag

In one photo (above) women reclined against a clean white BMW M5, wielding machine guns and dressed from head to toe in black Islamic dress
In one photo (above) women reclined against a clean white BMW M5, wielding machine guns and dressed from head to toe in black Islamic dress

In one photo (above) women reclined against a clean white BMW M5, wielding machine guns and dressed from head to toe in black Islamic dress

Using social media to recruit other brides, Duman boasted about having a BMW M5 in the land of Sham (Syria)
Using social media to recruit other brides, Duman boasted about having a BMW M5 in the land of Sham (Syria)

Using social media to recruit other brides, Duman boasted about having a BMW M5 in the land of Sham (Syria)

In one tweet, Duman said: 'US + Australia, how does it feel that all 5 of us were born n raised in your lands, & now here thirsty for ur blood?'  

Photographs posted to a Twitter account believed to be hers showed several women standing under an Islamic State flag.

They reclined against a clean white BMW M5, wielding machine guns and dressed from head to toe in black Islamic dress.

In one tweet, Duman said: 'US + Australia, how does it feel that all 5 of us were born n raised in your lands, & now here thirsty for ur blood?'

Another image of five women standing under an Islamic State flag was captioned: 'Can't mess with my clique. From the land down under, to the land of Khilafah. Thats the Aussie spirit.'

Duman married Mahmoud Abullatif (pictured), a former Melbourne party boy-turned Muslim extremist.
Duman married Mahmoud Abullatif (pictured), a former Melbourne party boy-turned Muslim extremist.

Duman married Mahmoud Abullatif (pictured), a former Melbourne party boy-turned Muslim extremist.

Australian-born jihadist: Mahmoud Abdullatif (pictured) was reported dead in January 2015 and was praised by his late wife Zehra Duman on social media
Australian-born jihadist: Mahmoud Abdullatif (pictured) was reported dead in January 2015 and was praised by his late wife Zehra Duman on social media

Australian-born jihadist: Mahmoud Abdullatif (pictured) was reported dead in January 2015 and was praised by his late wife Zehra Duman on social media

In other tweets (above), Duman called for violence against 'kuffars', or non-Muslims
In other tweets (above), Duman called for violence against 'kuffars', or non-Muslims

In other tweets (above), Duman called for violence against 'kuffars', or non-Muslims

Shortly after boasting about the expensive vehicle, Duman became defensive on social media and said 'no one is trying to be flashy'.

'The m5 was driven here from france (sic) and is meant to be sold here. Chill n stop (judging). No one is trying to be flashy in sham (Syria).'

The account also featured pictures of so-called 'Playboy Jihadi' Abdullatif in which she described him as her 'beautiful husband'.

Daily Mail Australia reported in January 2015 that Duman congratulated her late partner for his death after he was killed.

'You won the race!' she tweeted, describing him as a 'green bird' - the term used to describe a so-called martyr.

In other tweets, Duman called for violence against 'kuffars' or non-Muslims.

'Stab them and poison them. Poison your teachers, go to haram restaurants and poison the food in large quantities,' she wrote. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pushed back against the Australian ISIS bride's pleas for help. 

Mr Morrison declared he would not put any Australians at risk by helping home-grown extremists wanting to come home from the Middle East.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has pushed back against the Australian ISIS bride's pleas for help
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has pushed back against the Australian ISIS bride's pleas for help

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has pushed back against the Australian ISIS bride's pleas for help

Mr Morrison said it was a 'great tragedy' Islamic State sympathisers had dragged their children into war zones.

'They have placed their children in this horrendous position,' he told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

'They have to take responsibility for those decisions to join up with terrorists who are fighting Australia.

'I think the children are innocent victims in the terrorist acts of their parents,' Mr Morrison said.

'If you're coming home, you're coming home to face the full force of the law. The great tragedy is how children get caught up in the crimes against Australia of their parents.' 

ISIS brides' bid to get home: The case of Londoner Shamima Begum 

Last year ISIS was finally defeated after several years of fighting in Iraq and Syria.

The defeat displaced thousands of jihadi brides who had fled their home countries to join the fight and marry ISIS soldiers. 

Last month former London schoolgirl turned ISIS bride Shamima Begum was tracked down to a the Al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria.

In an interview with The Times, the 19-year-old demanded to be allowed home to Britain for the sake of her unborn baby son, Jerah.  

Ms Begum, from Bethnal Green in east London, was 15 when she and two other schoolgirls went to join the terror group in February 2015. 

Last month former London schoolgirl turned ISIS bride Shamima Begum (pictured with her son was tracked down to a the Al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria
Last month former London schoolgirl turned ISIS bride Shamima Begum (pictured with her son was tracked down to a the Al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria

Last month former London schoolgirl turned ISIS bride Shamima Begum (pictured with her son was tracked down to a the Al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria 

Her family announced the boy's birth on February 17 and said they believed he was 'in good health'. 

But Jerah died aged 18 days old last week after suffering pneumonia.

Ms Begum said two of her other children had also died in Syria. 

She was moved to another camp after she was threatened by other IS wives for revealing her face during Press interviews.

The British government stripped Miss Begum of her British citizenship. It said it was able to do so because she also held a Bangladeshi passport.

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