Warning: This article features graphic images and content Islamic terrorist Khaled Sharrouf posted “hideous” and “barbaric” photos of his son holding the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier–and he and his sons posing, holding weapons in front of the ISIS flag with the caption, “That’s my boy.” “[The] Islamic State, as they’re now calling themselves, it’s not just a terrorist group, it’s a terrorist army and they’re seeking not just a terrorist enclave but effectively a terrorist state, a terrorist nation,” said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to The Australian newspaper.
“This does pose extraordinary problems, not just the people in the Middle East, but for the wider world and we see more and more evidence of just how barbaric this particular entity is.”
The Islamic State, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has seized mass amounts of territory in the region and established a caliphate. Its gains across Iraq caused the United States last week to begin a series of airstrikes to quell their advances. Former Army chief Peter Leahy said that the images depicted a “depraved” and “barbaric act.” “What’s that child going to think? What’s he going to be like for the rest of his life?” asked Leahy. We have to condemn that to the utmost effect. We have to say as a community and all communities – Australian communities, Muslim communities overseas and Muslim leaders here in Australia – have to condemn that sort of behavior.”
“ISIL is a threat to the civilized world, certainly to the United States, to our interests, as it is to Europe, it is to Australia,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said. “I think reflected on the local newspaper I saw this morning, with the picture on the front page, it’s pretty graphic evidence of the real threat that ISIL represents.”
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