Slain IS fighter's mum-in-law begs Abbott to save family

THE mother-in-law of terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has made an emotional plea to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to help bring her daughter and grandchildren home to Australia from the Middle East.

Karen Nettleton said her heart was broken and her daughter Tara, Sharrouf's wife, had made the "mistake of a lifetime".

Sharrouf and Australian Islamic State terrorist Mohamed Elomar were reportedly killed in a drone strike in Mosul last week.

Sharrouf became internationally notorious last year when he posted photos which appeared to show one of his young sons brandishing a severed head, and Ms Nettleton acknowledged many Australians would not be sympathetic to her daughter's plight.

"I implore those people, including our Prime Minister, Mr Abbott, who is a man of faith, to remember John 8:7 - 'He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her'," she said.

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