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Samantha Maiden

                   Radical Aussie women are fighting and dying in the Middle East

                   Amira Karroum, the “sweet and caring” Sydney jihadist was armed and fighting when she was shot and butchered in Syria and is not the only Australian-born female fighter in the region. For the first time, law enforcement authorities have confirmed that a small number of Australian women have fought in Syria, not simply supported their husbands in the war zone. Karroum, a former Gold Coast private schoolgirl, who boasted on Facebook of being a “slave to Allah” was killed just days after arriving in Aleppo. It’s believed she was lined up against a wall and shot multiple times and then dismembered. Her husband Yusuf Ali, who was born in Adelaide under the name of Tyler Casey, was a dual American-Australian citizen who had undergone al-Qaeda training overseas.

                   IN an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Australian Federal Police’s counterterrorism manager Neil Gaughan said Karroum was involved in active conflict with her husband. “That’s what we are alleging… she was involved in the fighting with him,” he said. “There are a couple of women who have gone over as fighters – shooting guns – in Syria. “They are young women. Under 21. One is dead. Amira Karroum.” Mr Gaughan said the brutal deaths of 15 Australians in the region, including Karroum and her husband, underscored that the reality of war zones was different to the romanticised images online.

                    “Once you go over there and you actually smell and taste it, it’s different. Facebook and social media romanticise things. It’s just a totally different environment.” Karroum was found in a bullet-ridden house in Aleppo in January. She was involved in an al-Qaeda affiliated group known as Jabhat al-Nusra that was involved in a brutal turf war with Islamic State. Her father, who suffered a mild heart attack when he learned of her death, revealed last week she was dismembered by her killers. “She got shot and then they dismantle her body,” Mohammed Karroum told the 7:30 report. “They cut her body. I don’t know why they are so cruel. Her and her husband. There was a lot of bullet in her body. And they dismantled.” It is also believed that Amira Karroum was involved in running a matchmaking service for jihadists in Australia.

                   Her husband’s mother is former Adelaide woman Kristine Hunt. Amira Karroum is believed to have become radicalised when she moved to Sydney where her convicted terrorist cousin Fadl Sayadi lived. During Operation Pendennis Sayadi was captured on surveillance tapes praying for westerners to die. “Shake the ground, you know, cause earthquakes, crack the floor beneath their feet. Allah, I ask you to swallow them in their own ground,” Sayadi was recorded as saying on those tapes. “Allah, I ask you to blow up their tanks. Allah, I ask you to drop their aircraft, to bring their planes, just drop their planes from the skies,” Sayadi added.

                   The greatest fear of Australian law-enforcement and counterterrorism agencies today is a lone wolf attack. “The reason why I am more concerned about a lone wolf or a small group involved in terrorism is that the intelligence, security and law-enforcement agencies have a pretty good handle on large groups,” Mr Gaughan said. “That’s because large groups make what I call ‘noise’. They talk to members of the community. Whereas people operating in small groups of two or three or less don’t’ make the same amount of noise. That makes it much more difficult to detect.” 

Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over
But had me believing it was always something that I’d done
But I don’t wanna live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know

Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye feat. Kimbra 

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