Australian's Islamic State flag found in Mosul

Iraqi special forces in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul believe they have found the first evidence Australians have been working with the extremists.

Iraqi Special Operations Forces, the so-called "Golden Brigade", discovered a fresh Islamic State (IS) flag said to belong to an Australian IS member at Qadisiyah, in the north-east of the city, the ABC reports.

Sergeant Wael Rasheed said it belonged to an Australian IS fighter. Locals said he had been working as a medic.

An Australian doctor, Tareq Kamleh, became infamous when he appeared in an IS propaganda video urging others to join the extremists in their so-called caliphate, however he was said to be in Raqqa, across the border in neighbouring Syria.

A year ago he told a News Corporation newspaper there was another Australian also working with IS, as an intensive care doctor.

The Australian's IS flag was discovered in Mosul one block away from a house the extremists had turned into a workshop to make "killer drones" - adaptations of small, commercially available drone aircraft fitted with explosives to drop on enemy forces.

BBC correspondent Quentin Sommerville and cameraman Nik Millard were filming with the Golden Brigade when they made the find.

Mr Sommerville said the unit moved into the area after five days of fighting, looking for intelligence on IS operations.

The Australian had already fled and there was no photo of him.

Australian intelligence agencies believe 110 Australians have joined IS in Iraq and Syria and more than 50 have been killed.

More on this at ABC News

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