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Malcolm Turnbull Isn’t Mad Wyatt Roy Went To The ISIS Frontline, He’s Just "Disappointed"

The young former MP has been described as "irresponsible", "foolish" and "stupid" for traveling to a warzone.

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Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has politely asked other young Australians not to follow in his former minister Wyatt Roy's footsteps who showed up on the ISIS frontlines in Iraq.

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Roy, who lost his seat at the recent election, traveled to Sinjar recently at the invitation of pro-Kurdish NGOs and didn't tell the Australian government.

The 26-year-old told BuzzFeed News he came under attack from ISIS militants on the visit but was escorted to safety by the Kurdish fighters.

Malcolm Turnbull says he's "disappointed" with the 26-year-old and described him as "foolish".

"Please don't emulate what Wyatt Roy did. What he did was wrong and dangerous," said Turnbull to 3AW radio on Friday.

It follows foreign minister Julie Bishop's scathing statement about her former colleague which she released when news of the trip broke on Thursday night.

"It is irresponsible of Wyatt Roy to travel to the front line of the conflict between ISIL and Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq, in a region regarded as very high risk," said Bishop.

Questions have been raised about whether Roy broke the law by visiting the frontlines in Iraq, but the former assistant innovation minister said he was careful to stick to Kurdish-controlled areas which are not included in the "controlled areas" under Australian law.


Roy said the trip was aimed at bringing more attention to Kurdish forces and their struggle against ISIS in the region.

“[Kurdistan] has the potential to be a prosperous and peaceful society in a chaotic and sectarian part of the world,” said Roy.

“We should support the people here. The west has a ‘one Iraq’ policy and I understand that, but a peaceful and prosperous Kurdistan is what we should fight for.”

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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