A Brisbane man who has been fighting against Islamic State in Syria will return home to Australia Sunday evening.
Ashley Dyball, 23, left his Brisbane home to join Kurdish YPG militia group the Lions of Rojava in May to fight against Islamic State in Syria.
He was detained in Germany on Wednesday while on a break from the combat zone and has now been deported from Germany, due to arrive in Melbourne at 10pm.
His parents Julia and Scott Dyball will be at the airport to greet their son alongside Michele Harding, mother of 23-year-old Reece Harding who died after stepping on a landmine in June while fighting with the Kurdish YPG militia against Islamic State.
Mr Dyball faces potential charges when he touches down in Melbourne tonight, as Australian law prohibits citizens fighting on either side of the Syrian conflict.
Reece Harding’s father, Keith, said the Dyball family had not been informed about what would happen to Ashley once he touched down.
“I am fairly sure the Dyballs haven’t been told anything at this stage,” he said.
“I hope that they (Australian Federal Police) will question him, understand he was fighting against ISIS that he is no threat to Australia and let him come back to Brisbane.
“I think everyone is a bit in the dark, all we know is he is on the flight.”
Mr Harding asked those who wished to support Ashley’s return home to wear yellow.
ATTENTION EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!Ashley Dyball (AKA Mitchell Scott) is flying home via Melbourne tonight. Flight QR 904…
By Amy Mitchell-Whittington
Source: Brisbane Times