Australian jihadist recruits killed in Iraq


Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar are believed to have died in Iraq. File photo

ARA News 

Geneva – The Australian authorities are reportedly investigating reports about the death of two Australian national who have been fighting in the ranks of the Islamic State terror group (IS/ISIS) in Iraq. 

According to media reports, the Australian government started Monday investigating the death of the IS jihadists Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar in the city of Mosul in northwestern Iraq.

Australian local media reported that sources close to families of the IS jihadists said Sharrouf and Elomar were killed during a drone strike last week. 

Elomar’s body had been recovered while the remains of Sharrouf were missing, according to the same sources.

“The two became famous last year when images purporting to show them holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers circulated widely on social media. Sharrouf’s 9-year-old son was also seen in the video,” said the Daily Star. 

“The two are considered to be leading recruiters for the extremist group among their fellow Australians. Warrants were issued for both men last year.”

Sharrouf and Elomar also faced accusations of enslaving women from Iraq’s Yazidi minority.


Reporting by: Lorin Silo 

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