Islamic State: Australian man joins ‘self sacrificers’ group Dwekh Nawsha fighting militants in Iraq, calls for international support

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By the National Reporting Team’s Dan Oakes and Suzanne Dredge
Khamis Gewargis Khamis is fighting in northern Iraq
An Australian man has joined a Christian militia fighting against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in northern Iraq.

The ABC can reveal that Melbourne man Khamis Gewargis Khamis joined an Assyrian militia called Dwekh Nawsha, which translates as “self sacrificers”.

The militia was formed in response to Islamic State’s assault on the Assyrian minority in Iraq. IS has forced tens of thousands of Assyrians from their homes across the north of the country.

“They don’t discriminate when it comes to killing, torture and so on,” Mr Khamis told the ABC from his base in northern Iraq.

“These are barbaric people, they came here only to die for what they believe in, so you can imagine the terror that they are spreading among the families, the kids and so on.”