Orphans of ISIS

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Orphans of ISIS

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A GRANDMOTHER'S DESPERATE JOURNEY TO RESCUE HER CHILDREN

Four Corners exclusively brings you the story of the Sharrouf children and their grandmother's epic fight to find them and bring them home to Australia.

If there was one family that represented the alarming tide of Australians flocking to the black flag of Islamic State, it was the Sharroufs. The children of the notorious jihadist Khaled Sharrouf were taken to the self-declared caliphate in 2014. The world learned of them after their father published pictures of his eldest son holding the severed head of an IS prisoner, sending shockwaves around the world.

For five years their grandmother, Karen Nettleton, has been trying to reach the children and bring them home. She has mounted several rescue missions, with each one ending in failure. Now, in Syria, she's making a last-ditch effort to save them from a squalid refugee camp.

Featuring exclusive footage captured over four years, this harrowing investigation travels with the children's grandmother as she tries to convince the authorities in Syria and Australia to release the family into her care and allow them to return home.

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