Australian jihadist, Abu Bakr al-Australi, detonated his vest nearby the Shorja Market in Bagdad Thursday. Five were killed. Ninety others were injured. Praised as a “knight” by his ISIS brethren for abandoning “all the pleasures and ornaments of the world” having “embarked on what Allah has to offer,” al-Australi has become the latest Western martyr to die fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Abu Bakr al-Australi’s identity has not been released by authorities. Intelligence sources confirm however that he did leave the country when he was 17. “It is believed he travelled with other young men seeking to join ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) forces fighting in Syria and Iraq, and had family links to the now notorious convicted Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf.” Intelligence sources went on to say, “His family are believed to have been aware of his intentions but could not stop him.”
Abu Bakr al-Australi is one of the 60 estimated radicalized youth who have left Australia to join ISIS to fight in Iraq and Syria. It is thought that the youth fell prey to the ISIS recruitment video circulating Australia and the U.K.
Entitled There Is No Life Without Jihad British nationals, Nasser Muthana and another known only as Abu Bara Al Hindi, urge people to ‘respond to Allah’ and ‘wake up and be part of the effort.’ In it the youth testify that jihad is the ‘cure for depression.’
They ask potential recruits, “Are you willing to sacrifice the fat job you’ve got, the big car you’ve got, the family you have?”
A third British youth identified only as Abu Dujana al Hindi, says, “A message to the brothers who have stayed behind. You have to ask yourself what prevents you from joining the ranks of the mujahideen? What prevents you from obtaining martyrdom? You are going to die anyway.”
ISIS recently coupled the recruitment video with an aggressive social media campaign. #AllEyesOnIsis launched on Twitter soon after President Obama announced that he was sending 300 military advisors to Bagdad.
ISIS urged Muslims and supporters to post messages of support. The response was chilling. The #AllEyesOnIsis feed was populated with logged assassinations, suicide missions and bombings along with disturbing images including a picture of a handwritten note translated “The Islamic State” taken in flight from several thousand feet.
Contrast this with a Facebook post by Sean Carmeli, an Israeli-born Texan who left the festive atmosphere of San Padre Island to join the IDF to defend his homeland from Hamas.
Sent from his Blackberry Smartphone, Carmeli writes, “Missing high school missing being a citizen but learning the true meaning of life and not just thinking about myself… There’s nothing I won’t do for my country.”
Carmeli, an average kid who enjoyed the SPI and all that came with it, died when a Hamas anti-tank weapon detonated his armored personal carrier (APC) Saturday, July 19.
Carmeli did not seek the IDF to cure any depression or teenage angst. He did not runaway unbeknownst to his family and masque his intent. He did not seek to spill the blood of innocents like ISIS recruits. Rather he went to Israel to protect his people from those who swear death upon it; separating the noble from the ignoble.