‘I wasn’t brainwashed into joining ISIS,’ says Aussie doctor

Australian ISIS doctor sends out a letter explaining his joining ISIS and countering claims on his previous behavior. (Courtesy: abc.net.au)

Australian doctor, Dr. Tareq Kamleh or Abu Yousef al-Australie, gained international attention in April after a video of him was published to social media accounts with links to ISIS where he was urging other Muslim health professionals to travel to Syria after having joined the group himself. The video showed him in a pediatric hospital in war-ravaged Raqqa in Syria.

Dr. Kamleh sent a letter to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, who are investigating whether or not to deregister the Perth-born doctor, who is still technically allowed to practice medicine in Australia.

In the letter, dated May 8, the doctor denies being recruited to the jihadist organization and says that his decision was “very well educated and calculated… it did not involve any brainwashing,” according to Australia's The Sunday Mail.

From what I’ve seen you have more blood on your hands than ISIS has on their knives.

He is also highly critical of the coalition forces and Australia who are fighting against ISIS, writing: “The only death that I have had to deal with since being here has been either from pathology or Coalition drone strikes. Interestingly the two drone strikes that have occurred since I have been here have not claimed the life of a single male, let alone a soldier. Good work ‘Team Australia’. From what I’ve seen you have more blood on your hands than ISIS has on their knives.”

“I have come here as there are locals suffering from normal medical conditions despite being surrounded by war, with an overt lack of qualified medical care. Is it not my humanitarian duty to help these children also, or only kids with white skin and blue passports?” he wrote in his letter.

The Adelaide-trained doctor denies any involvement with the acts of ISIS, but does not condemn them “I have no input or responsibility over the political or military actions of the state, if they are correct I wish them progression, if they are not, this is between them and God.”

“I saw this as part of my jihad for Islam, to help the Muslims ummah in the area that I could, which is the medical field,” he wrote in his letter.

He was always an attention-seeking loose cannon.

Dr. Kamleh addressed the claims from former colleagues who described him as a narcissist, womanizer and party boy, writing: “If you truly have concerns of womanizing or alcoholic behaviors, maybe you should look into every Australian medical school starting with the yearly AMSA conventions.” He also added, “I formally deny that I have ever taken part in unprofessional conduct which would have jeopardized my doctor-patient relationship.”

“I think he is just caught up in a wild ride and is enjoying the attention without really thinking about the path he is taking,” a former colleague of his told The Advertiser. “Even in the video you can see he is smug with the attention – he was always an attention-seeking loose cannon.”

Dr. Kamleh concluded his letter, which was also sent the Australian Sunday Mail and published on his Facebook account, vowing to never return to Australia, writing “I have finally returned home.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47