Zaynab Sharrouf

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14 year old widow, orphan and mother Zaynab Sharrouf, and two of her younger siblings.

Zaynab Sharrouf is a citizen of Australia who was just thirteen years old when her parents, Tara Nettleton and Khaled Sharrouf, took her and her four younger siblings to Daesh-controlled territory, in 2014.[1] She married her father's best friend, Mohammed Elomar, at just fourteen years old.[2]

She gave birth to her first child at fourteen years old.[3]

Her father and husband were reported to have been killed by a missile fired from an UAV, within months of their arrival.[3] Zaynab made a poiny of denying rumors that her father survived. He did in fact survive, and had gone into hiding, until 2017 a second missile killed him and his sons twelve year old Abdullah and nine year old Zarqawi.[4]

Her mother died during a routine appendix operation.[3]

Her grandmother, Karen Nettleton, traveled to Daesh territory in an unsuccessful attempt to bring her grandchildren back to Australia.[3]

In February 2019, fellow Australian Zehran Duman told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that Zaynad and her younger siblings Hoda and Hamzah were "fine".[5]


  1. Erin Marie Saltman, Melanie Smith (2015). 'Till Martyrdom Do Us Part' Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon. Institute for Strategic Dialogue. p. 4. Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  2. "Who are the Australian women travelling to Syria as brides of the Caliphate?". The News (au). 2016-05-08. Retrieved 2019-02-22. "Also from Melbourne, Zehra married a Melbourne man who was fighting for Islamic State, Mahmoud Abdullatif. He was killed in action just five weeks later." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Anna Patty (2016-03-21). "Khaled Sharrouf's daughter, Zaynab Sharrouf, tells of 'normal' life in Syria". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-02-22. 
  4. Rachel Olding, David Wroe, Michael Koziol (2017-08-16). "Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf and sons believed killed in Syria". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-02-22. 
  5. Sally Rawthorned (2019-02-28). "'They are safe, that's the main thing': Sydney ISIS children reported alive". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-02-22. "A video obtained by the ABC shows Australia's first ISIS bride Zehran Duman, who left Melbourne in 2014 to live under the Caliphate where she married Melbourne man Mahmoud Abdullatif, claiming that the three children are 'fine'."