Khaled Sharrouf, a notorious convicted Muslim terrorist from western Sydney who fled Australia under a false passport last year has been identified among militant fighters now laying a bloody siege to Iraq. Australian jihadists fighting with ISIS are carrying out massacres of captured Iraqi prisoners and participating in some of the most gruesome war crimes of the two-week-old Iraq insurgency.
Daily TelegraphIntelligence sources confirmed the authenticity of material showing Sharrouf posing with military equipment in Iraq, as the militant group ISIL continued its rampage through the war torn country, reaching towns only 45 minutes from the capital Baghdad.
“Convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf is among a handful of Australian jihadists believed to have carried out bloody, battlefield executions, in what amounts to a serious escalation of Australian involvement in the Iraq-Syria conflict”.
Khaled Sharrouf, who spent almost four years in prison for his part in plotting a terrorist attack in Sydney, has posted photos on a private Facebook page under a new assumed name, boasting to friends back in Australia that he had joined the murderous Sunni uprising in Iraq.
AUSTRALIAN-born“Terror Nine” member Khaled Sharrouf lived on a disability pension in Sydney’s southwest. Inside his Punchbowl home when he was arrested in November 2005, police found extremist material, instructions on bomb-making and detonation and videos of hostages being executed.
The 31-year-old father-of-four, who has now assumed a jihadist name after fleeing Australia on his brother’s passport, was picked up in the landmark Operation Pendennis investigation that thwarted the planned attack on an unspecified target in Sydney.
It is believed Sharrouf, who slipped under the radar when he was released from prison in 2009, had crossed the border from Syria some days ago, after having snuck out of Australia at 9.11am on December 6 last year on a Garuda flight to Indonesia, using his brother Mustafa’s passport. A major investigation was launched by counterterror authorities into how Sharrouf escaped from Australia and why it took 12 days before authorities even realized he had disappeared.
His disappearance, a major embarrassment to border security agencies, was hushed up by authorities with The Sunday Telegraph blocked from accessing documents about the case.
The confirmed number of Australians identified by intelligence agencies as having joined fighting in Syria, and now Iraq was around 50, although the number of those suspected of having left Australia to fight abroad in the middle east could be as high as 120.