'Barbaric': Terrorist's Boy Poses With Severed Head
Photo from Syria outrages world leaders
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2014 1:02 PM CDT
Politicians express shock after a terrorist fighting with Islamist extremists in Syria reportedly posted a photo of his young son holding a severed head.   (NewS WayS)

(Newser) – "Horrendous," "barbaric," and "depraved" are just a few of the words being used to describe an image posted on Twitter and in the Australian of an Aussie terrorist's young son appearing to tightly and cheerfully grasp the head of a decapitated Syrian soldier. "That's my boy!" is what Khaled Sharrouf posted underneath the gruesome pic on his feed, reports the AP. (Click on the Australian's link to see an edited version of the photo.) Referring to the Islamic State, or ISIS, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the photo shows "the kind of hideous atrocities that this group is capable of."

For his part, Sharrouf's brother, Mostafa, who lives in Sydney, thinks everyone should just "forget" about the controversial photo. "I'm sure you've seen much worse than that," he says in the Sydney Morning Herald. Last month, Australian police issued arrest warrants for Sharrouf and companion Mohamed Elomar after they posted images of Elomar holding two severed heads. Both are Australian citizens who left for Syria to fight. Other reactions to the image of the boy, who looks to be 10 or younger:

  • US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the photo is "pretty graphic evidence of the real threat that (Islamic State) represents."
  • "What's that child going to think? What's he going to be like for the rest of his life?" Peter Leahy, the former chief of the Australian Army, asked Sky News.
  • "This is an act of a lunatic," says the head of the Lebanese Muslim Association in Australia.

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David RO
Sep 7, 2014 5:18 AM CDT
Can't all of these people be removed from the planet all ready
Aug 12, 2014 9:46 PM CDT
Islamic Militants are not human.
Aug 12, 2014 3:29 PM CDT
That poor child is going to have this image ingrained in his mind for the rest of his life. I hope that somewhere in his family, there is a caring loving adult, who will do whatever it takes to get this child some kind of mental therapy. I know this sounds mean, but I hope there is someone in his family that will take this child away from his father and give him a loving and secure home. No child should experience this kind of barbaric awful behavior at any age. Words escape me to describe how I feel as a mother to see this........