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Former top cop’s plan for ISIS brides

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One of Australia’s top cops has analysed the situation in Syria and how he believes the government should handle the families of ISIS fighters.

Islamic State continues to collapse after the death of its leader Al-Baghdadi, with Turkish forces today confirming his sister has been captured in Syria.

Former NSW deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas joined Ben Fordham in-studio to discuss the unfolding situation, having spent much time in and around the Syrian crisis.

But he claims the terrorist group may not be completely falling apart in the way many have claimed.

“There is a lot of evidence that [Al-Baghdadi] was not an operationally hands-on leader in the last six months or so, that he was more an inspirational figure and others were, in fact, running the show on the ground.

“So it may not have an impact on them operationally and somebody else will jump up and take the spot.”

He also says he supports the government’s current approach as to whether the Australian families of Islamic State fighters should return home, acknowledging there are no easy answers.

“This is too important for Australia for people to be bickering over this.

“I think the government’s approach at the moment is basically sound… which is one, to protect your country.

“The second thing is you do not risk your citizens’ lives, military or otherwise, to get somebody.

“The third thing is we ought to continue supporting allied countries in gathering this evidence.”

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Ben Fordham