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Abbott appalled by photo of son of Australian man in Syria holding decapitated head

Published on Aug 11, 2014 10:03 AM
 
A shocking image of what is believed to be the young son of an Australian man holding a decapitated head in Syria showed how barbaric the Islamic State (IS) "terrorist army" is, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SYDNEY (AFP) - A shocking image of what is believed to be the young son of an Australian man holding a decapitated head in Syria showed how barbaric the Islamic State (IS) "terrorist army" is, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday.

Abbott made the comment while announcing that Australia would likely join humanitarian airdrops and even airlifts of endangered civilians threatened by Sunni extremist militants in a barren northern Iraqi mountain range, possibly later this week.

The picture, taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqa, was posted on the Twitter account of Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian man who fled to Syria last year and is now an IS fighter, The Australian newspaper reported.

It reportedly shows Sharrouf's seven-year-old son, dressed like any other young boy in blue checked trousers, a blue shirt and baseball cap, struggling to hold up the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier by his hair. Underneath it were the words: "That's my boy".

 
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