Tareq Kamlah (pictured above) was an Australian doctor who fled to Syria to join ISIS
Fighters in Raqqa, Syria have discovered the diary of a doctor who had left the West to join ISIS and it reveals he had major reservations about their cruelty to animals. Just to be clear, he still condoned the murder and rape, just not the animal cruelty.
Tareq Kamlah left Perth in Australia, where he worked as a doctor, and joined ISIS. Once there he became something of a ‘poster boy’ for the group. He featured heavily in propaganda and worked hard to encourage others to join via videos on the internet. But, despite a fervent dedication to the group he wasn’t without his concerns. These include other fighters’ unwillingness to donate to an orphanage he was associated with, as well as his dislike of their treatment of animals.
The diary was found in the ruins of a house that had been gifted to Kamlah as a reward for joining ISIS alongside notes that allowed him access to guns and holsters from a nearby armoury.
Macer Gifford (a pseudonym) was the fighter who first discovered Kamlah’s diaries, which have since been handed over to US intelligence agencies, and he offers much of the available information.
“Of all the things that ISIS has done, brutally murdered people and blown up homes, here was a guy who, it seemed, had had half his brain removed... his sense of empathy, right and wrong, was way off,” he said.
“Just a neat, intelligent but slightly psychopathic character is what came across in his possessions.”
Gifford goes on to describe how the trend of ISIS fighters beating dogs was particularly upsetting for Kamlah who wrote in his diary,
“I despair for the future of the caliphate.”
As he should have, considering ISIS has been effectively defeated now that it has lost Raqqa, which was the last city under its control. It is believed likely that Kamlah fled the city before its fall and is currently in hiding, but it’s also quite possible that he died during the city’s defence.
Interestingly, Gifford’s comments are eerily similar to comments made by Kamlah’s former Perth colleagues who described him as intelligent, manipulative, and sexually predatory.