Aussie jihadist's son poses with crucified corpse
TWISTED Australian-born jihadist Khaled Sharrouf has again used one of his children in a sickening propaganda photograph for the terrorist Islamic State group.
The chilling image shows his youngest son standing in front a man's body which has been strapped to a metal cross with cable ties.
A placard around the dead man's neck reads: "Collaborating with Christians. The punishment: Execution."
The youngest son of Khaled Sharrouf poses with the body of a man hanging from a metal cross.
The photograph, shown last night on Channel 7, is being investigated by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team "however, there is no specific threat," a police spokeswoman said, adding: "The current national terrorism threat level remains at probable."
Federal Justice Minister Keenan last night condemned the appalling use of a child in the name of terror.'
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"As I have said before, using a child to espouse ISIS's terrorist messaging is truly appalling," Mr Keena said. "It is incomprehensible that any parent would involve their child in these atrocities."
ANU counterterrorist expert Dr Clarke Jones said: "It is such a tragedy seeing such young children in that sort of environment ... put in front of that barbarity."
About 70 Australian children have either travelled to the conflict zone with their families or been born there.
It is not the first time Sharrouf, who left Australia for the Middle East in 2013, has used his children in this way.
A video featuring his son wearing a suicide vest and threatening to murder Australians emerged just last week, while his eldest son has also been shown in a photograph holding the severed head of a slain soldier.
Sharrouf's wife Tara Nettleton, died in 2015, leaving their five children in the Middle East. Grandmother mother Karen has tried unsuccessfully to bring the children back to Australia.
Meanwhile, a former jackaroo from Narrabri is believed to be the latest Australian-born jihadist killed in Syria.
Guy Staines, 43, who converted to Islam in Goulburn's Supermax, prison is believed to have been killed by a US assisted air strike in the past two weeks.
Staines, who served 18 year for shooting the son of his former boss, was moved to maximum security after an escape attempt and crossed paths with Brothers 4 Life crime boss and killer Bassam Hamzy, who converted him to Islam.
Authorities believe that Staines left Sydney for Syria or Iraq last year.