SYDNEY (AFP) – A teenager who ran away from Australia to join extremists in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State group, vowing to “not stop fighting”, reports said Tuesday.
The 17-year-old, named in local media as Abdullah Elmir but who calls himself “Abu Khaled”, carried a rifle and directly addressed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the video reportedly posted online.
“To Tony Abbott, I say this. These weapons that we have, these soldiers, we will not stop fighting,” said Elmir, whose family is from the southwestern Sydney suburb of Bankstown.
“We will not put down our weapons until we reach your lands and until we take the head of every tyrant and until the black flag is flying high in every single land.”
A spokesman for the prime minister said in a statement the video showed the threat posed by the Islamic State group, also known as ISIL.
“As the Prime Minister has said on many occasions, ISIL is a threat that reaches out to Australia and our allies and partners,” the spokesman 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.”