New Zealand to resettle suspected Islamic State jihadi and her children after Australia revoked citizenship

They are not Turkey’s responsibility, and with Australia refusing to accept the family, that makes them ours.”

Why? When Suhayra Aden joined the Islamic State, she was joining an entity that considers itself to be at war with New Zealand. She willingly renounced her New Zealand citizenship to do so, for the Islamic State styled itself as the caliphate to which all Muslims owed allegiance, superseding all national ties. Why must the citizens of New Zealand be endangered as Ms. Ardern exercises what she believes to be her “responsibility” to Suhayra Aden? Does Ms. Ardern have any responsibility to protect the citizens of New Zealand?

“New Zealand to resettle suspected Islamic State militant and her children after Australia revoked citizenship,” by Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, July 26, 2021 (thanks to Darcy):

SYDNEY — New Zealand, bowing to pressure, has agreed to repatriate a suspected member of the Islamic State terrorist group who grew up in Australia and was detained by Turkish authorities in February as she attempted to cross the border from Syria illegally with her two young children.

The woman, identified in local media as Suhayra Aden, was one of a number of women who traveled from Australia to allegedly join the terrorist group and marry fighters, as “jihadi brides,” around seven years ago.

Aden’s family moved to Australia from New Zealand when she was 6, making her a dual citizen, and she departed for Syria in 2014 on an Australian passport, according to officials. But Australia revoked her citizenship and canceled her passport, which sparked a diplomatic row and left New Zealand to deal with her predicament.

“New Zealand has not taken this step lightly,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday. “They are not Turkey’s responsibility, and with Australia refusing to accept the family, that makes them ours.”

The prime minister said “great care” is being taken to minimize the security risks in returning the woman and her young children to New Zealand.

Authorities haven’t yet said whether Aden will be charged with any offenses in New Zealand. “It has previously been made clear that any New Zealander who might be suspected of association with a terrorist group should expect to be investigated under New Zealand law,” Ardern said, adding that was a matter for police.

While the Turkish government labeled her a terrorist as a member of the Islamic State, it remains unclear whether Aden participated in fighting or acts of terrorism.

The decision follows months of political wrangling over the issue. At the time of the woman’s arrest, Ardern said Australia had “abdicated its responsibilities” toward the then-26-year-old woman. Although she was a dual citizen of New Zealand, Ardern noted that Australia was where her wider family lived and the place from which she departed for Syria. Yet Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison contended in February that it was his job to “put Australia’s national security interests first.”…

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