Abdullah Elmir, from Bankstown in Sydney, has appeared in an Islamic State video under the nom de guerre “Abu Khaled from Australia”.An Australian teenager who ran away from his Bankstown family home in June has surfaced in a chilling Islamic State video threatening Tony Abbott and vowing to fight until the militant group has conquered the West.
Abdullah Elmir, 17 appeared in the video posted on the internet on Monday night under the nom de guerre “Abu Khaled from Australia”. He is dressed in military gear and holding a rifle, standing among several dozen fellow jihadists.
Speaking for a little under two minutes directly to the camera, Elmir baits the United States, Britain and “especially … Australia” to throw everything they have militarily against the Islamic State group, which has seized large tracts of territory across Syria and Iraq.
He then vows the group will keep fighting until it has raised the black flag of the Islamic State above the White House and beheaded “tyrants” – apparently referring to Western leaders including Mr Abbott.
It is the first time the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, has specifically mentioned the Prime Minister in one of its major propaganda videos and is also the most prominent role so far given to an Australian jihadist.
“This message I deliver to you, the people of America. I deliver this message to you, the people of Britain, and I deliver this message to you, especially, the people of Australia,” he says.
“Bring every nation that you want to come and fight us. It means nothing to us. Whether it’s 50 nations or 50,000 nations, it means nothing to us. Bring your planes. Bring everything you want to us. Because it will not harm us. Why? Because we have Allah, glorious be He.”
He continues: “To the leaders, to Obama, to Tony Abbott, I say this: these weapons that we have, these soldiers, we will not stop fighting.
“We will not put down our weapons until we reach your lands, until we take the head of every tyrant and until the black flag is flying high in every single land, until we put the black flag on top of Buckingham Palace, until we put the black flag on top of the White House.
“We will not stop and we will keep on fighting. And we will fight you and we will defeat you.”
Elmir ran away from his Bankstown home in June shortly after his 17th birthday, accompanied by a 16-year-old friend known only as Feiz.
He told his mother he was going on a fishing trip before he disappeared. His family discovered that he had left the country only after he sent a text message to another family member asking them to tell his mother he had “gone” .
The pair caught flights to Perth then Malaysia, Thailand, and finally on to Turkey.
From there, they contacted family and said they were going over the border. Elmir’s family presumed he meant he was going to Syria or Iraq to fight. They have been calling on the authorities to help bring him home.
Feiz was intercepted by his father while he was en route to Iraq and taken to Lebanon. Feiz returned to Sydney quietly last month.
Elmir’s family have said they are shocked and devastated. They believe he has been “brainwashed” and they want to know who paid for his air ticket and encouraged him to go.
They have described him as academically bright and caring.
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