Khaled Sharrouf – How one Australian Gangster became an International Terrorist
He shocked the world by tweeting pictures of himself and his child holding the severed heads of people executed by Islamic State. This report explores the extraordinary life and crimes of Khaled Sharrouf.
“He was groomed, he was trained, he was indoctrinated”, described police officer Peter Moroney. This complex tale of a young man’s extraordinary path to a life of terrorism shows how a fervour bred in the western suburbs of Sydney led this criminal thug to religious extremism and unfettered brutality, making him the “global face of Islamic State’s foreign fighters”,. Shortly after escaping Australia by using his brother’s passport, Sharrouf posted pictures on social media of himself and his child holding severed heads of people executed by the Islamic State. This “very public enemy number one” had a history of violent crimes and terrorist offences, and evidence has been found of an alleged extortion threat against one of Australia’s prominent construction companies. Yet with a past of drug taking and mental illness, as well as powerful allies and dangerous enemies, Sharrouf’s shocking story reveals the worrying trend of recruitment by ISIS. “Khaled Sharrouf is not bad, he’s mad”, says Sharrouf’s former lawyer. This convicted criminal’s progression from street crime to radical Islam is revealed.
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Khaled Sharrouf: From Petty Criminal To ISIS Jihadi