Australian doctor featured in ISIS healthcare promo

A young Australian doctor has appeared in an Islamic State (IS) video, urging other medical professionals to join the terrorist group’s healthcare system to help fellow people.

Using a logo designed in a style similar to Britain’s National Health System (NHS), the 15-minute video includes medical staff interviews and commentary on the services provided in an IS-run hospital.

Speaking in an Australian accent, the young man, who introduces himself as “Abu Yusuf” in a part of the video entitled “pediatrics”, says he has joined a medical team in the IS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, to use his medical skills to help others.

“I saw this as part of my jihad for Islam to help the Muslim ummah in the area that I could, which’s the medical field,” he says carrying a baby in his hands in a neonatal unit.

“When I got here, I was very happy that I made the decision, and I was a little bit saddened at how long I’d delayed it. I wish I had come a lot sooner.”

The blue-eyed man, at his late 20s, expresses his disappointment that many “Muslim brothers and sisters who are in the medical field – doctors and nurses, physios, dentists – are still living in the West” and haven’t joined to help those suffering there due to “a lack of qualified medical care.”

“Everything lived up to my expectations completely and we really need your help,” he adds, urging other medical professionals to “consider coming”.