NZ to take in 'terror' woman

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 27 Jul 2021

New Zealand says it will accept a woman linked to the Islamic State group and her two children after Australia canceled the former dual national's citizenship.

The New Zealand-born woman - identified as Suhayra Aden - moved to Australia at the age of six and was a dual national until Canberra stripped her of citizenship last year.

Aden moved from Australia to Syria in 2014 and lived under the Islamic State.

The 26-year-old told news organization ABC at a Syrian refugee camp in 2019 that she had been married to two Swedish Islamic State fighters.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said canceling her citizenship would leave them stateless.

"They are not Turkey's responsibility, and with Australia refusing to accept the family, that makes them ours," she said yesterday.

Aden and her children have been held in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria in February.

The Turkish defense ministry identified her as a terrorist.

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