A Sydney tradesman who travelled to Syria to join ISIS in 2015 and is being held in a Kurdish camp has begged the government to let him and his family come back.
Mohammed Noor Masri, 26, told The Sydney Morning Herald he wants to get his Australian pregnant wife Shayma Assaad and their three boys out of Syria.
'[I feel] remorseful, regretful. I mean, people make mistakes. And you have to pay the price for your mistake,' Mr Masri said.
Mohammed Noor Masri, 26, (pictured) said he wants to get his Australian pregnant wife Shayma Assaad and their three boys one out of Syria
There are more than 2,500 displaced children from families with perceived or actual associations with ISIS living in camps (similar to al-Hol camp pictured) in North East Syria
The 26-year-old said he was prepared to face a lengthy jail term in Australia for his 'mistake' if allowed to return to the country with his family.
He said he would prefer to be prosecuted in Australia or under international law, which recognises such things as 'human rights'.
According to Masri, he surrendered to Kurdish forces at Baghouz - a former IS stronghold in eastern Syria - about a month ago.
The airconditioning service tradesman claimed he didn't fight for ISIS but rather worked in a hospital where he maintained refrigerators and airconditioning units.
His situation highlights the challenge for the Morrison government faces after being pressured to repatriate Australian ISIS extremists for prosecution.
There are more than 2,500 displaced children from families with perceived or actual associations with ISIS living in camps in North East Syria, Save the Children states.
But the Australian government has repeatedly said it is not prepared to change its stance on dealing with such people as far from the country as possible.
In the interview, Masri stated he stuck to his profession while living in the country and was never involved