Members of terrorist group ISIS. Photo: Daily Telegraph
By Dayo Laniyan
An image was posted on Twitter apparently from the account of a fighter in the ISIS militant group, showing a young boy holding up the severed head of a Syrian soldier, captioning the image “That’s my boy!”
The image was reported to have been taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, which has been declared by ISIS the “capital” of the new Islamic Caliphate. The image is one of several posted on the Twitter account of Khaled Sharrouf, a man from Sydney who fled to Syria with his family, using his brother’s passport to leave the country despite being banned to do so.
Another photo features Sharrouf in camouflage fatigues and with his three young sons all holding guns, posing in front of the flag of the Islamic State. Sharrouf is a convicted terrorist, currently wanted by Australian police over crimes in both Syria and Iraq, which includes the execution of an Iraqi official in the desert outside Mosul. He has also plotted two terrorist attacks in Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.
The image has come on the heels of the Iraqi government saying that “striking evidence” had been found proving that ISIS had killed about 500 of the Yazidi ethnic minority, including having women and children buried alive.
The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is currently in the Netherlands, but said that Australia would participating with Britain and the US in humanitarian efforts in order to aid the Yazidi people who are currently trapped on the Sinjar mountain range. He also expressed his condemnation for ISIS and the “hideous atrocities” they were proved to be capable of. “We see more and more evidence of just how barbaric this particular entity is,” he said.
Talking with ABC radio, the defence minister said he was “obviously revolted” by the image, but stressed that this should not be taken out of context.
“I’m very upset about this sort of thing completely colouring our view of Muslims. The vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving and peaceful people.”