AMIRA Karroum Ali, 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.
Daily Telegraph (h/t Kenneth N)Ms Karroum Ali, 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 is 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 counter terrorism manager Neil Gaughan said Ms Karroum Ali was involved in active conflict with her husband. “That’s what we are alleging. That she was involved in the fighting with him,’’ he said. “There’s 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 Ali.”
Mr Gaughan said the brutal deaths of 15 Australians in the region, including Karroum Ali and her husband, underscored that the reality of war zone was different to the romanticised images online. “Once you go over there and you actually smell and taste it, it’s different,’’ he said. “Facebook and social media romanticise things. It’s just a totally different environment.’’
Ms Karroum Ali was found in a bullet-ridden house in Aleppo, Syria 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 in January revealed this week that she was dismembered by her killers.
“She got shot and then they dismantle her body,’’ her father Mohammend 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 Ms Karroum Ali was involved in running a matchmaking service for jihadists in Australia. Her husband’s mother is former Adelaide woman Kristine Hunt.
Amira Karroum Ali’s friends from school remember her beautiful smile and her bubbly personality. She was a girl who would throw her arms around mates and greet them with a hug and a kiss as she grew up a “sweet and caring” daughter on the Gold Coast beaches, where her dad ran a kebab shop along the Glitter Strip.
To the people who knew her from those days, she would have seemed the unlikeliest terrorist – they would never have thought of her as a religious martyr.
Ms Karroum is believed to have become radicalized when she moved to Sydney where her Fadl Sayadi, a convicted terrorist lived. Mr Sayadi was captured during Operation Pendennis on surveillance tapes praying for westerners to die.
“Shake the ground, you know, cause earthquakes, crack the floor beneath their feels. Allah, I ask you to swallow them in their own ground. 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,’’ he said.