Meet the Melbourne father who walked away from his comfortable life to join the fight AGAINST the Islamic State

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An Australian man left his comfortable life to join the fight against IS
George Khamis joined an Assyrian militia called Dwekh Nawsha
The father of two risked his life and could face lifetime imprisonment
He recently returned home to Melbourne after four weeks of fighting
Khamis was questioned at the airport but has since been released
Appearing on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night, Khamis has not been charged but is awaiting for further questioning by authorities

By Cindy Tran for Daily Mail Australia

He left behind his family along with his comfortable job to join the fight against the Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

George Khamis, who has no military background, travelled to Iraq to join an Assyrian militia called Dwekh Nawsha, where he’s stationed just two kilometres away from the IS danger zone in Batnaya.

Appearing on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night show, Khamis, who was born in Iraq, said he wanted to join the fight against IS to protect his religious beliefs and family connections.

Sharing a room with six other fighters, the father of two revealed the sleepless nights spent in their own beds with their uniforms on and guns ready to fight which could spark at any time.

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George Khamis left his comfortable life and fled the country to join the fight against the Islamic State

George Khamis left his comfortable life and fled the country to join the fight against the Islamic State

Khamis fled the country to fight against IS because he wanted to protect his family connections in Iraq

Khamis fled the country to fight against IS because he wanted to protect his family connections in Iraq

Khamis, who was born in Iraq, has lived in Melbourne for 23 years with his wife and their two young children

Khamis, who was born in Iraq, has lived in Melbourne for 23 years with his wife and their two young children

The foreign fighter, who has lived in Melbourne for 23 years with his wife and their two young children said his family pleaded for his return since fleeing the country.

‘It’s not an easy thing to make that decision, to come all the way from there to here, far far away in a danger zone,’ Khamis said.

‘Basically I’m here to defend my land. My people against Islamic State.’

With the new terror laws introduced, Australians who join any militant causes overseas could face a lifetime behind bars should they survive and return. 

He left behind his family along with his comfortable job to join the fight against the Islamic State militants

He left behind his family along with his comfortable job to join the fight against the Islamic State militants

Aussie man fighting against ISIS in Iraq returns to family

Appearing on  Sunday Night, Khamis has not been charged but is awaiting for further questioning by authorities

Appearing on Sunday Night, Khamis has not been charged but is awaiting for further questioning by authorities

But after four weeks of fighting, Khamis books a flight home to Melbourne but was unsure whether he would be allowed back in the country.

He was detained in Abu Dabi for several hours and stopped at Melbourne airport for questioning but he was eventually released while his sister waited for his arrival.

Sunday Night reports Khamis has not been charged but has been told that authorities will meet with him for further questioning.

‘Unfortunately it is very serious and I am still concerned,’ Khamis said.

Khamis was sharing a room with six other fighters, while wearing their uniforms and guns ready to go

Khamis was sharing a room with six other fighters, while wearing their uniforms and guns ready to go

Khamis joined an Assyrian militia called Dwekh Nawsha, stationed just two kilometres away from the IS zone

Khamis joined an Assyrian militia called Dwekh Nawsha, stationed just two kilometres away from the IS zone

Khamis' distraught sister waited for him at Melbourne airport where he was detained for several hours

Khamis’ distraught sister waited for him at Melbourne airport where he was detained for several hours

More than 90 Australians are understood to have travelled to the Middle East to join militant causes.

The revelations come after Northern Territory Labour Party leader Matthew Gardiner reportedly fled the country to join the fight against the IS in January.

The 43-year-old resigned as NT United Voice union secretary and left his wife and their two young children behind to join the Kurdish militants. 

Meanwhile, Sydney jihadists Mohamed Elomar, Khaled Sharrouf, and teenager Abdullah Elmir – dubbed the Ginger Jihadist – are so far the most high profile Australians to have travelled to the Middle East to fight with Islamic State.

Elmir, a former Condell Park High student, was filmed on the banks of the River Tigris in Iraq last October. The 17-year-old gained notoriety when he declared that ISIS will not stop their murderous campaign ‘until the black flag is flying high in every single land’ in the YouTube video

NT Labour Party leader Matthew Gardiner reportedly fled the country to join the fight against the IS in January

NT Labour Party leader Matthew Gardiner reportedly fled the country to join the fight against the IS in January

Ginger Jihadi Abdullah Elmir gained notoriety when he declared that ISIS will not stop their murderous campaign 'until the black flag is flying high in every single land' in a YouTube video

Ginger Jihadi Abdullah Elmir gained notoriety when he declared that ISIS will not stop their murderous campaign ‘until the black flag is flying high in every single land’ in a YouTube video

Former Sydney boxer Mohamed Elomar posted photos of himself holding up decapitated heads on Twitter

Former Sydney boxer Mohamed Elomar posted photos of himself holding up decapitated heads on Twitter

Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf is wanted by the Federal Police for his activities in Syria

Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf is wanted by the Federal Police for his activities in Syria

While Elomar and Sharrouf have appeared regularly in Islamic State videos. One of which included a beheading of a prisoner.

Convicted terrorist Sharrouf served three years and 11 months in prison over his role in the 2005 Pendennis terror plot. He left Australia illegally last year and is believed to be fighting with ISIS.

Up to 40 Australian women were also known to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to become ‘jihadi brides’ or work with terrorists.

More than 100 Australians are thought to have travelled overseas to fight in Iraq and Syria.