/ 17 February 2021

Ardern takes aim over terror suspect

Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern has accused Australia of “abdicating responsibility” for a Melbourne woman who left for Syria to live under Islamic State in 2014. Suhayra Aden, a 25yo dual citizen of Oz and New Zealand, married and had 3 children to 2 Swedish fighters – one child died, as did both husbands. She left New Zealand for Oz with her family as a 6yo and travelled to Syria on our passport. News that she’d been quietly stripped of her Australian citizenship last year came to light when she and her kids were detained by Turkish authorities on Monday as she attempted to enter the country from Syria. “Australia did not act in good faith,” an angry Ardern said yesterday. But PM Morrison defended the move saying it’s the government’s job to “put Australia’s national security interests first”. Reports say more than 60 Australian women and children remain in detention camps in Syria where they have been held since the fall of IS in 2019.

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