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Khaled Sharrouf

Khaled Sharrouf is an ISIS fighter best known for photos he posted on social media of his son, then 7, holding up the severed head of a Syrian soldier as a trophy. He was born in Australia to parents who had emigrated from Lebanon. In 2017 he became the first Australian dual citizen to have his Australian citizenship stripped for terrorism. He was reported killed in June 2015, but the Australian government has been unable to confirm this.


Islamist activitiesEdit

"Sharrouf was jailed for almost four years in Australia over his involvement in the 2004 Pendennis terrorist conspiracy."[1][2]

Sharrouf was involved in planning the 2012 Sydney anti-Islam film protests.[3]


Sharrouf joined ISIL in 2014.[4] His activities received wide coverage in Australia following his posting on the internet in August 2014 of a photo of his 7-year-old son holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier.[5] The incident was strongly condemned by Australian leaders and by the public.[6][7][8] Sharrouf's activities are thought to be war crimes.[9] The incident raised concerns about Australian Muslims being recruited for terrorist activity abroad, and the possibility that the recruits would return to Australia and conduct attacks.[10]

Sharrouf was reported to have been killed on 19 June 2015 by a drone strike.[11] His death was not confirmed, and later reports suggest that he is still alive.[12] In March 2016, Sharrouf 's daughter Zaynab stated "we know for sure he is dead".[13] The Australian government has been unable to confirm his death.[14]

Stripped of citizenshipEdit

In February 2017 he was stripped of Australian citizenship.[1][15]


  1. ^ a b Maley, Paul (11 February 2016). "Khaled Sharrouf stripped of citizenship under anti-terror laws". The Australian. Retrieved 14 February 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Olding, Rachel (24 August 2014). "Terrifying legacy emerges from success of Operation Pendennis". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "How the Hyde Park riot fired up two Australian Muslim terrorists, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 1 Oct 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Australian National Security – Islamic State". Australian Government. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Crane, Emily (11 August 2014). "'I'm sure you've seen much worse than that': Staggering reaction of uncle of Australian boy, SEVEN, who was pictured brandishing head of slaughtered Syrian soldier". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Photo of boy holding decapitated Syrian soldier's head 'barbaric' – Australia PM". 11 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Khaled Sharrouf's sister describes his actions fighting with IS as 'abhorrent'". 2 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Maley, Paul (12 August 2014). "Jihad's 'child soldiers' spark calls for action on extremists". The Australian. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "'Bucket full of heads any1 in aus want some organs please dont be shy to ask': Smirking Australian terrorist poses with decapitated heads in sickening pictures posted online". Daily Mail. London, UK. July 25, 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Brendan Nicholson (July 17, 2014). "Returned radicalised jihadis ‘a significant risk’, says ASIO". The Australian. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Welch, Dylan (24 June 2015). "Khaled Sharrouf may have been targeted in drone strike months before his death, barrister says". ABC. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Terrorist Khaled Sharrouf still alive after drone attack that killed Mohamed Elomar". News Limited. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Awford, Jenny (21 March 2016). "14-year-old daughter of notorious terrorist Khaled Sharrouf confirms that 'we know for sure he is dead'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Ferrier, Tracey (30 April 2017). "Who is Khaled Sharrouf and is he alive?". NewsComAu. Australian Associated Press. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  15. ^ Williams, Jacqueline (13 February 2017). "ISIS Fighter’s Australian Citizenship Is Revoked Under Antiterror Laws". New York Times.