Home » Posts tagged 'Australia'
Tag Archives: Australia
Friends in low places … 17-year-old Abdullah Elmir appears to have fallen in with Mohamed Elomar. Source: YouTube
THE wanted Australian terrorist Mohamed Elomar appears to have surfaced in the same Islamic State propaganda video that featured the Sydney teenage runaway dubbed the Ginger Jihadist.
Abdullah Elmir, aged 17, shocked the world on Tuesday when he delivered a depraved threat to world leaders including Tony Abbott, saying the black flag of IS would eventually fly all over the West.
The teenager left home in June after telling his parents he was going on a fishing trip.
A closer inspection of the video has caused speculation to mount about the identity of another man in the chilling video. Intelligence officers are now investigating whether the man to Elmir’s right is the notorious extremist, Elomar.
Elomar, a former boxing champion, joined IS in Syria and has appeared in many propaganda videos holding severed heads.
He became a poster boy for the depraved death cult when shocking images surfaced of his two young sons holding a severed head.
Depraved … Elomar has risen to prominence for gory photo shoots featuring severed heads of IS dissenters. Source: News Corp Australia
Young friends struggle with Elmir’s shock turn:
FRIENDS of the Australian teenager have come out in defence of their former mate.
The former Bankstown schoolboy, Elmir, was branded a “stupid idiot” by family members and a “dickhead” by Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm after he appeared in the IS video.
But his young friends say they “defend his legacy” as they struggle to get their heads around the drastic transformation they’ve seen in the boy.
Speaking to the ABC one of Elmir’s friends said, “his friends were taken by surprise by his sudden departure”.
“It’s causing a lot of conflict on social media,” she said.
“His close friends are trying to get everyone to respect Abdullah’s decision and not cuss him as he was just as normal as anyone else.”
Another friend told the ABC through Facebook, “never make judgements on a situation you’ve never been in. Never make judgements on decisions you’ve never had to make.”
Another also said, “I swear, people get mad because we defend his legacy, he is still our mate and that’s not changing anything.”
Before travelling to the Middle East it has been reported that Elmir had a love of theatre and last year, while in year 10, wrote about looking forward to more great performances.
Brainwashed…family members of Elmir, say he has been brainwashed by IS.. Picture: Youtube. Source: Supplied
He ran away from his Bankstown home on June 20, soon after his 17th birthday, with his 16-year-old friend, known only Feiz.
Elmir told his parents that he was off on a fishing trip, but his true motives were much more sinister.
He travelled to Perth, and then flew out to Malaysia and then Turkey before crossing the border into Syria.
Intelligence agencies believe he has been in Syria for the past four months, but he was not considered a priority target by intelligence agencies before the release of the video.
Abdullah Elmir, 17, is believed to have left Australia in June. ABC News.
A 17-year-old Australian fighting with the Islamic State (IS) group has appeared in a propaganda video in which he tells Prime Minister Tony Abbott the terrorist group will never stop fighting.
The speaker is believed by Australian security agencies to be Abdullah Elmir, a 17-year-old Australian who went missing from his home in Sydney’s west at the end of June.
In the video he delivered a message specifically mentioning Mr Abbott and Australia.
“To the leaders, to Obama, to Tony Abbott I say this; these weapons that we have, these soldiers, we will not stop fighting, we will not put down our weapons until we reach your lands, until we take the head of every tyrant and until the black flag is flying high in every single land,” he said.
He said IS would fight until the black flag was flying over Buckingham Palace and the White House.
“Bring every nation that you want to come and fight us. It means nothing to us. Whether it’s 50 nations or 50,000 nations, it means nothing to us,” he said.
“Bring your planes. Bring everything you want to us. Because it will not harm us. Why? Because we have Allah.”
Elmir left for Syria with another Australian teenager
Elmir disappeared in June, along with another 16-year-old Australian boy.
VIDEO: Australian jihadist Abdullah Elmir, who uses the alias Abu Khaled, singles out Tony Abbott in address to IS militants (Youtube)
It is believed the pair travelled to Turkey and then crossed the border into Syria to join IS militants.
The 16-year-old was later intercepted by his father and has since returned to Australia.
In a statement, Mr Abbott said the video “again highlights the threat posed by ISIL [Islamic State]“.
“ISIL is a threat that reaches out to Australia and our allies and partners,” he said.
“That is why Australia has joined the Coalition to disrupt and degrade ISIL in Iraq and is giving our law enforcement and security agencies the powers and resources they need to keep Australia and Australians as safe as possible.”
Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus said: “It is tragic that a misguided young Australian has become caught overseas up in this terrorist cause,” he said.
“We have been working with the Government to do all we can to prevent Australians from travelling overseas to join the foreign conflict in Syria and become further radicalised.”
Expert says video is obvious IS recruitment pitch
Greg Barton, a director at the Global Terrorism Research Centre, said the video is obviously a recruitment pitch.
“Of course part of the appeal of the video is here’s a kid from Bankstown, now he’s with the Syrian fighters and he’s right in the middle of the action,” he told 7.30.
“And that, for kids, is attractive.”
Mr Barton said the video may appeal to Elmir’s peers.
“His actual speech is rather banal, but rather banal by our expectations,” he said.
“But for teenagers or 20-something young men, it’s probably quite moving.”
Former AFP counter-terrorism intelligence analyst, Leah Farrall, said Mr Abbott’s own rhetoric had fed into the ISIS propaganda cycle.
“I think the Australian Prime Minister has a responsibility to brief the Australian public when there are legislative changes involved and when the threat level has changed,” she told 7.30.
“But over and beyond that I think the rhetoric that has been used to address the situation, the Team Australia element and a lot more bravado-based statements that came out in situations like this, should be toned down because it just gives political oxygen to the other side.”
Muslim community leader says video sends ‘wrong message’
Sydney Muslim community leader, Jamal Rifi, used his contacts in Lebanon, where his brother is justice minister, to try and find Elmir and his 16-year-old friend when they originally left Australia.
Mr Rifi said today’s video is distressing.
“What I saw today made me very upset with a heavy heart because that was a death sentence for this boy,” he told 7.30.
“[It] also sent all the wrong messages to his family; I really feel for them, because today they probably have realised that he’ll no longer be able to come back to Australia.”
“To end up where he is right now is something I don’t wish anyone from our family, from our community, from our society… to end up where he is right now.”
Opposition leader says Russian president is ‘thumbing his nose’ at the rest of the world over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17.
Shorten said Putin knew more about the plane tragedy than he had let on so far. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn / Ria Novosti / EPA
Gay Alcorn and agencies
Australia should not welcome Vladimir Putin to the G20 summit because the Russian leader is “thumbing his nose” at the rest of the world over the shooting down of MH17, the opposition leader Bill Shorten says.
The government has confirmed the Russian president will attend the summit in Brisbane in November.
Shorten said there was plenty of evidence pointing to Russian involvement in the 17 July downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, in which 38 Australian citizens and residents were among the 298 dead.
Ukraine and western countries have accused Russian-based rebels of shooting down the plane with a Russian-made missile, allegations Putin has denied.
“It was an act of murder,” Shorten told reporters in Melbourne on Monday. “How is it that the president of the Russian Federation, Putin, can thumb his nose at the rest of the world, go wherever he wants, without there being any repercussions or any cooperation with the independent investigation as to how this happened?” He said Putin knew more about the plane tragedy than he had let on so far.
“I happen to think that when you deal with an international bully the way you do it isn’t by laying out the red carpet, so no, I don’t think he’s welcome, I don’t think most Australians want him here.”
The Labor leader said Tony Abbott should not meet Putin.
“I wouldn’t give him the time of day,” Shorten said.
On Sunday Shorten said he thought most Australians would be “extremely uncomfortable” about welcoming Putin.
Paul Guard, whose parents, Roger and Jill Guard, were killed in the MH17 crash, said little would be achieved by Putin staying away from the G20 leaders’ summit next month.
“It wouldn’t achieve much by uninviting him because dialogue is the way forward and I hope the G20 might be a good platform on which to strongly voice our disapproval of his government’s policy and approach to Ukraine,” Guard told Guardian Australia.
“It might be uncomfortable for people to shake hands with him (but) at the end of the day, what do you achieve by not inviting someone like that? It would only play to his domestic politics.”
Guard pointed out that Australia had little say in the matter. Russia is a member of the G20 and the federal government has indicated there was little support from other members to exclude the Russian president.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned he intends to use tough language with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Australia next month in demanding full Russian cooperation with the Dutch investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in July.
Putin has confirmed that he will attend next month’s summit of the world’s 20 biggest economies, being held in Australia’s east coast city of Brisbane.
Abbott told reporters on Monday he will seek a bilateral meeting with Putin about Russian-backed rebels shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine on July 17. The attack killed 298 people, including 38 Australian citizens and residents.
Abbott says he expects his conversation with Putin will be the toughest that the Russian leader has at the summit.
Bomb camera vision showing Australian bombs obliterating Islamic State targets won’t be publicly released.
Defence head Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin says the conflict with IS isn’t a video game.
He says Australia had not released this imagery in 2003 when RAAF Hornets assisted in Iraq and that practice had not changed.
“I don’t want to get into glorifying what’s happening out there,” he told AAP.
“This isn’t a video game. This is the real world. That camera film shows people dying and I don’t think we should glorify that.”
In recent conflicts, the US has released eye-catching bomb camera vision taken by combat aircraft showing guided bombs striking and destroying their targets.
Australia has similar vision, including of the mission this week when two laser-guided bombs released by one of the RAAF’s six Super Hornets struck an IS facility.
Air Marshal Binskin, visiting Australia’s support base in the Middle East, said some people believed that Australia should follow the US and release this imagery.
“Actually if you look at what the US releases, it’s been very, very selective and there hasn’t been a lot out when you look at the number of strikes they are doing,” he said.
Air Marshal Binskin said all indications were that the coalition air campaign was hurting IS. “We have slowed them down in what they want to do. They have to acknowledge the fact that, if they do show themselves, they are a target,” he said.
Air Marshal Binskin said IS forces could no longer mass on the battlefield.
“It forces them to change their tactics. They are still a viable fighting force but they have had to adapt,” he said.
“This is a hard slog. It’s going to be a hard slog for a long time.”