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Arrest warrant issued for Australian 'IS' doctor

Australian police have issued an arrest warrant for Tareq Kamleh, a doctor who joined IS in Syria. In April, Kamleh appeared in a propaganda video for the Islamist group.

Screenshot Tareq Kamleh, ISIS

Kamleh appearing in an 'IS' Video on Youtube

Police allege that he is a member of, and recruited for, a terrorist organization - in this case "Islamic State" (IS) - and that he entered a prohibited area under Australia's Criminal Code Act. "Should Dr Kamleh return to Australia, this warrant authorizes law enforcement to arrest him immediately," a statement released on Thursday said.

In April, Tareq Kamleh, a 29-year-old doctor who was trained in Adelaide, Australia, appeared in a propaganda video uploaded on Youtube, asking Western doctors and other medical professionals to join him in al-Raqqa in Syria, an IS stronghold.

Kamleh, who has a Palestinian father and a German-born Muslim convert mother, calls himself Abu Yusuf in the video and describes his work as "my jihad for Islam."

As part of new counter-terrorism measures, Australia has banned travel to al-Raqqa province in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. Kamleh faces up to 45 years in prison.

Last September, Australia raised its threat level to "high" and has since carried out a series of counter-terrorism raids. The country has seen dozens of Australians leaving to fight in Iraq and Syria.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has

taken a hard line against Australians engaging in extremism

. "If you are just an Australian citizen and you are a terrorist and you come back to Australia, we will lock you up," he reiterated to parliament on Thursday.

ng/jil (AP, AFP)

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