Mackay doctor who joined ISIS hits back at critics

A DOCTOR who once worked in Mackay in central Queensland, and has since joined Islamic State, has hit back at critics of his decision to fight with the terrorist group.

Dr Tareq Kamleh worked at Mackay Base Hospital for 10 months in 2003, but has since left the country to fight with IS in Syria.

He recently appeared in a video online, urging other medical professionals to follow his lead, sparking tit-for-tat responses from former colleagues, who labelled him a narcissist and "party-boy".

But Dr Kamleh said in a letter published in News Corp papers on Sunday that those concerned about womanising and "alcoholic behaviours" should "look into every Australian medical school".

He also wrote he made a "well-educated decision" to join IS in Syria, and it "did not involve any brainwashing", despite the Australian government's new laws meaning he will face life in prison if he tries to return to the country. - APN Newsdesk