KHALED Sharrouf, 36, is believed to have died while driving near Raqqa with sons Abdullah and Zarqawi
AN Australian ISIS thug who forced his young son to hold the decapitated head of a soldier is believed to have been killed in an airstrike in Syria.
Khaled Sharrouf, 36, reportedly died alongside his sons Zarqawi, 11, and Abdullah, 12, near the city of Raqqa on Friday.
The terrorist shocked the world in 2014 when he posted a picture of his son Abdullah, who was nine at the time, holding up a severed head.
The infamous photo was condemned by several world leaders including then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who branded it “barbaric”.
Anonymous government authorities are believed to have confirmed Sharrouf’s death, according to ABC.
hey also claim his brother has told other Australian ISIS thugs about the death.
Sharrouf travelled to Syria in 2013 and was later followed by his wife and their five children.
He was the poster boy for Australian extremism and had his citizenship stripped from him earlier this year.
During the emergence of ISIS, Sharrouf was active on social media and regularly uploaded graphic pictures on Twitter.
He captioned the now infamous shot, “That’s my boy”, provoking outrage among the international community.
John Kerry said it was “one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed”.
Abdullah’s grandfather Peter Nettleton told the Australian he was “devastated” by the image.
He is believed to be survived by children Zaynab, Hoda and Hamzah, who are still thought to be in Raqqa.
This is not the first time Sharrouf’s death has been reported.
He was rumoured to have been killed in 2015 but later re-emerged when he started contacting people in Sydney.
Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton refused to confirm Sharrouf’s death.
He said in a press conference: “It is always very difficult to confirm given we are dealing with warzones in Syria and Iraq.
“Nobody would mourn his loss and the fact is if people make a decision to go to the Middle East or anywhere else to engage with ISIS to fight against countries like ours then, frankly, they deserve the outcome that perhaps has happened to Sharrouf.”