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Karen Nettleton (L) with Tara as a child. Tara died in Syria after joining her Australian jihadist husband there. (Twitter/Canberra Times)

Jihadi bride

Australian widow of ISIS terrorist dies in Syria, leaves 5 children

February 11, 2016

The Australian widow of an ISIS terrorist has died in Syria, from complications associated with appendicitis, leaving her children orphaned and far from home. Former Sydney resident, Tara Nettleton, reportedly died some months ago, after being unable to access lifesaving medical treatment. It is believed the mother of five had been living in Raqqa with four of her children and one grandchild. Her husband, Khaled Sharrouf, is understood to have also died earlier last year.

Family friend Robert van Alst confirmed Tara’s death to Fairfax Media, saying the news had devastated her mother, Karen Nettleton. Their great concern now is Tara’s children, who are just “innocent Australian kids,” he said.

Tara converted to Islam and married terrorist Khaled Sharrouf a decade ago. Sharrouf achieved global notoriety when he tweeted a picture of his son holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier captioned “that’s my boy.” After Sharrouf’s death last year, Karen begged the Australian government to allow Tara and her children to come home, saying she was desperate and had made the “mistake of a lifetime” by following her  jihadist husband to the ISIS war zone.

Read the full story at The Canberra Times.


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