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Sydney IS brothers send haunting text

Posted on 01/31/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

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“We made it to Bilad al-Sham, we will see you in Paradise.

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When the Sydney mother of four brothers received that text message she thought it was a cruel hoax.

But now the heartbreaking reality for her is that they are believed to have joined Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

“The family didn’t know what to make of it, they thought it might be a joke,” family friend and Muslim community leader Dr Jamal Rifi told AAP.

“They got scared and deleted the SMS.”

The disbelieving woman continued to Sydney airport the next day to pick up her sons, who were meant to have been on a holiday in Thailand. But they never arrived.

The sons, 17, 23, 25 and 28, are believed to be the latest group of young Australians who have joined IS militants in Syria.

The mother has pleaded with them to come home.

“My sons, you are dear to us,” she said in a statement.

“You are good at heart. You have done nothing wrong.

“Come back. We love you.”

Authorities tracked the sons down in Turkey after family alerted them last week but it is believed they have since crossed the Syrian border. Bilad al-Sham is a region in Syria.

One of the boys had told his mother he won a trip to Thailand and was taking his brothers, who all lived at home with their parents in Sydney’s western suburbs.

It is understood the teen was studying for his HSC at a public high school and the older brothers had stable jobs before they left.

Unlike some before them, the siblings were “clean-skins” and had not been on any watch-lists that would have alerted immigration controls.

Dr Rifi said the family had no inclination the boys were at risk of joining IS.

“The boys are simple boys,” he said.

“They are religiously involved but not hardline or radical.”

Dr Rifi said social media was playing a big role in the recruitment of these young Sydney men but there had to be someone manipulating the situation face-to-face.

“… and providing contact information through the networks and how to cross the border,” he said.

There is strength in numbers, Dr Rifi said, and the community needed more religious and community leaders to make a public stand.

“And that is (that) IS is a terrorist organisation,” he said.

There are now more than 60 Australians known to be fighting in foreign conflicts.

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