Two of four brothers who traveled from Sydney, Australia, to Bilad al-Sham to fight with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) will likely be rejected due to excessive weight.
The brothers had been in Thailand for the holiday and texted their mother on November 14 to let her know they would see her “in Paradise” instead of returning to Sydney.
News.com.au reports the four brothers are “aged 17, 23, 25, and 28” and quotes Muslim community leader Jamal Rifi stating the family “had no idea their sons had been radicalized.”
He also made clear that two of the boys might not make the cut: “Two of them, they are quite obese: they are not good foot soldiers. I mean, they are over 140 kg [over 300 pounds] and people … are going to see them there … [and ask] what are they going to do with them?”
Rifi suggests ISIS will likely look at them and say, “You are going to eat our food and you can’t even run on the field.”
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