Mackay Islamic State doctor dumped playboy ways after trip

AUSTRALIAN jihadist doctor Tareq Kamleh morphed suddenly from a partying "playboy" doctor to a strict Muslim after a mysterious camping trip, former colleagues say.

Islamic State doctor Tareq Kamleh undertaking rural child health training at Mackay Base Hospital in early 2013.
Islamic State doctor Tareq Kamleh undertaking rural child health training at Mackay Base Hospital in early 2013. APN

Dr Kamleh, who up until recently was working in the health system in Perth, appeared in a propaganda video for Islamic State released this week where he spruiked its health services and asked other Muslim clinicians to join him.
 

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But before this recent infamy, he was working as a pediatrician at the Mackay Base Hospital in north-east Queensland.

It is here that former colleagues say he underwent a seismic shift in his personality.

Known as a partying and drinking playboy who constantly cheated on his girlfriend, Dr Kamleh embraced a fundamental interpretation of the religion of his parents in a few short days in 2013, colleagues said.

"He went on a camping trip with some people - I don't know who they were or what they told him, but it was after that," a former hospital colleague said.

Dr Tareq Kamleh as he appears in an Islamic State propaganda video
Dr Tareq Kamleh as he appears in an Islamic State propaganda video

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