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Australian grandfather weeps over photo of boy holding severed head

Published on Aug 12, 2014 9:37 AM
Khaled Sharrouf and boys believed to be his sons stand in front of the Islamic State flag. -- PHOTO: TWITTER

SYDNEY (AFP) - The grandfather of a boy pictured holding a severed head in Syria said the shocking image brought him to tears, with the growing problem of jihadists fighting overseas to be a focus of US-Australia talks on Tuesday.

The image of the Sydney-raised boy posing with the rotting head of a soldier, posted on the Twitter account of his father Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian who fled to Syria last year and is now a jihadist fighter, sparked outrage.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said it showed how barbaric the militants had become, while Australian Muslim leaders expressed widespread revulsion.

The seven-year-old boy's grandfather Peter Nettleton, who is estranged from his daughter Tara, Sharrouf's wife, begged the government to help bring the boy and his siblings home.

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