Germany Deports Australian Who Fought Against Islamic State


(RFE/RL) — Germany on December 6 deported an Australian man who joined a Kurdish militia group to fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Australia’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Ashley Dyball was deported after being detained in Germany during a break from fighting as part of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

He was expected to arrive in Australia late on December 6.

Dyball, who also uses the alias Mitchell Scott, posted on Facebook on December 4 that he had been charged as a terrorist and was being sent to the Eisenhuettenstadt Detention Center near Germany’s border with Poland.

The Brisbane man has been fighting against IS militants since early 2015.

It was not immediately clear if Dyball would be subject to penalties under Australian laws aimed against citizens who join IS, but call for punishment of those who fight for foreign militant forces.

Dyball’s parents have called for an amnesty.


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