A letter found at slain al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan warned of the rise of a new Islamic extremist group capable of extreme brutality that could damage al Qaeda’s reputation, media reported Monday.
The 21-page letter, written by one of Bin Laden’s senior officials in 2011, claimed the the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has complete disregard for civilian life, the Daily Mail reported.
According to the letter, the ISIS’ barbaric acts include the use of chlorine gas as chemical weapon, bombing mosques, crucifixions and beheadings.
The letter said that the new group was simply too extreme even for al Qaeda that killed thousands in the 9/11 attacks.
Today, the ISIS has become a powerful force that has control of areas in Iraq and Syria larger than Great Britain.
Its trademark black jihadi flag has fluttered in the background of “promotional” videos of executions, including crucifixions and beheadings. The ‘caliphate’ the Islamic state has claimed to have established, represents the biggest shift in the political geography of the West Asia since the borders of modern Iraq and Syria were drawn under the Sykes-Picot agreement between Britain and France in 1916.
The ISIS was founded by 43-year-old Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, a cleric held prisoner for four years by American troops in Iraq.
Militant’s son displays severed head in Syria
Sydney: A shocking image of what is believed to be the young son of an Australian man holding a decapitated head in Syria shows how barbaric the ISIS ‘terrorist army’ is, prime minister Tony Abbott said Monday.
Abbott made the comment while announcing Australia will likely join airdrops of food and supplies to thousands of Iraqi civilians besieged by jihadist IS militants on a barren mountain and may even participate in airlift operations to take them to safety, possibly later this week.
The picture, taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqa, was posted on the Twitter account of Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian man who fled to Syria last year and is now an ISIS fighter.
It reportedly shows Sharrouf’s seven-year-old, Sydney-raised son dressed like any other young boy in blue checked trousers, a blue shirt and baseball cap, struggling to hold up the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier by his hair.
It was captioned with the words “That’s my boy”.
Another photo published by the newspaper shows Sharrouf dressed in camouflage fatigues posing with three young boys it said security agencies believe are his sons. (AFP)