BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – A Sydney man is pleading to the Australian government to allow him to return home with his wife and three children after spending several years living in the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) occupied areas of Syria.

Mohammed Noor Masri, 26, told the Australian media on Sunday that he’s prepared to face a lengthy jail sentence in Australia for his “mistake” but wants his pregnant wife, who is also Australian, and their three young children, brought out of Syria.

Masri surrendered himself to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last month after the latter besieged the Baghouz Camp inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate of eastern Syria.

The Australian national claimed that he never hurt anyone while living inside the ISIS-occupied areas, adding that he was misled when he moved to Syria a few years ago.

“[I feel] remorseful, regretful. I mean, people make mistakes. And you have to pay the price for your mistake,” Masri said.

“What do I think should happen to me now? Whatever God decrees. I’m accepting of that.”

“I would prefer to be prosecuted in Australia or under international law because you have things such as human rights and … justice, so that would be the preferred option.”

Masri insisted he traveled to Syria in January 2015 not as a terrorist but as a misguided devotee of a pure observance of Islam.

“I didn’t see the heads on spikes,” he said, referring to the well-known practice in al-Raqqa’s main square.

“I didn’t see any heads or severed bodies and stuff like that. I wasn’t the type of person to be running around the shops too much … and I don’t like to see beheadings. I don’t like to see those sort of scenes. Nor do I agree with it.”

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Masri said he worked in a hospital where his trade skills as a fridge and air-conditioning electrician were put to use.

Should Masri return to Australia, he will face at least ten years in prison for supporting a terrorist organization.

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He swore allegiance and became a citizen of the caliphate. That is reason. He must stay for punishment.

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Every Daesh is now claiming to be as innocent as a new born. Why can’t these guys head to Saoudi , Qatar or UAE?

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@Long Live Syria, nobody is innocent. Not even the baker that kneaded the dough. They were the limbs that gave life to the caliphate.

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So many missing comments but at least I get the e-mails. Absolutely , no other option is worth the risk to someone innocent in the future. Brainwashed kids maybe can be rehabilitated even if they have committed horrendous acts , many African child soldiers did change , but an adult who has made that choice . It is the pragmatic choice to remove the disease .

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@Peter, I had no lost comments for some weeks. Indicator. Notification for the same comment again. Since I remove any mail notification when I read the comment, I notice.

Yes. Much like catastrophe medicine, concentrate on the ones that can possibly redeem with least efforts.

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Exactly, all daesh are pretending they were brainwashed. Brainwashed?? When the killing butchering people in front of camera for the whole world to see now they want to tell the world they ddnt participate? So when all that horrible crimes were taking place is that inspired them to run away from their families to go and join those terorists? Western nation should not allow them back

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@K. Mount, and IMHO the men the baked the bread for the butchers are guilty. They were the body of the Caliphate not only the butchers.

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He joined and needs to be tried in Syria for his crimes. All the foreigners want to go home to a cozy western prison , serve 5 yrs. They are now claiming to be non-combatants to lessen their sentences.

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@Sweet Robert, nobody is innocent. They were the little wheels in the machine that was designed to annihilate their home countries.

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Death sentence for all ISIS except for those who were abducted and held as slaves.

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When ISIS took control of an area and took prisoners they immediately executed everyone. No trial no discussion , it was off to the trench or river and problem taken care of. I said at the time it was the most sensible option for them but people didn’t agree or understand. Now look in reverse. The problems these people are going to create for their home countries . When can you believe they have changed ? Get the women to dispatch them and see if there are any virgins left for them.. Problems solved. By International law these people are… Read more »

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@Peter Wallace, yes but what is the home country of a man that swore fealty to another.

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They took the option of fighting for someone else so they suffer the consequences , best option should have been shot , . International law was made for more conventional wars not this type and as they didn’t follow any International laws when fighting they shouldn’t expect the same law to protect or save them. I have no problem shooting them including the one from my country also crying he didn’t hurt anyone and I want to come home.

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@Peter. they rejected the laws they want now. They denied this protection to their victims. And they chose a new home. So I think much the same as You.

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But few countries are willing to back their roaches as it is political suicide. Syrian/Iraqi governments and their citizens should have justice.

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Since these fought, or supported/backed those who fought against such countries and pledged allegiance to another country, failed or not, no matter, they shall be…

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striped from their nationality of origin. No need traitors back! They did crimes in Syria/Iraq, let them face the local justice they deserve.

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“but as a misguided devotee of a pure observance of Islam”
=> And since Koran says jihad is mandatory unless there are health problems…