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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 was based 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 strike at any time.
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.
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