Australian Boy Holds Syrian Severed Head

    A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said. REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3WBPT

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    In an image that Australian prime minister Tony Abbot has strongly condemned, a young boy—allegedly the son of an Australian terror convict now with ISIS in Syria—is shown holding up a severed head. The image was posted to the Twitter page of the boy’s father, Khaled Sharrouf, with the caption “That’s my boy.” Abbot says the photo, which was apparently taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqa, shows “just how barbaric” ISIS militants are. Sharrouf was thrown in jail in 2009 for four years for being part of a cell planning attacks in Sydney and Melbourne. He was banned from leaving the country after his release, but used his brother’s passport to escape to Syria with his family.

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