An Australian boy has appeared in a new Islamic State (Isis/Isil) propaganda video, promising to fly the organisation’s ‘black flag’ over Buckingham Palace and the White House.
In the video, the 17-year-old Australian, calling himself Abu Khaled, addresses Prime Minister Tony Abbott and US President Barack Obama, warning that the militant Isis organisation will fight until they take over the world.
The boy is believed to be Abdullah Elmir from Bankstown in Sydney, who went missing in June.
Appearing in front of dozens of Isis fighters in typical Middle East jihadist dress and brandishing an automatic assault rifle, he begins by saying, “’This message I deliver to you the people of America, this message I deliver to you the people of Britain and this message I deliver especially to you the people of Australia.”
He goes on: “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.”
The boy, who some media have dubbed the ‘Ginger Jihadist’, taunts the US and its allies, claiming God is on Isis’s side.
“I say this about your coalition: you threaten us with your countries, bring every nation that you wish to us, bring every nation that you want to come and fight us. Whether it’s 50 nations or 50 thousand nations, it means nothing to us,’ he says in the video, reading from a script.
“Bring your planes bring everything you want to use because it will not harm us because we have Allah which is something you do not have.”
It cannot be confirmed whether or not the boy was speaking under duress.
Abdullah Elmir’s family say they have not seen him since June, after he told them he was leaving to go fishing.
It is understood Elmir travelled to Turkey with another Australian boy, aged 16, before crossing into Syria to join Islamic State, according to the ABC.
An unnamed family member told the Daily Telegraph they fear Elmir has been “brainwashed” and is a “stupid idiot”.
“I don’t know what these kids get into,” the relative said.
“They don’t know how to fight … they should be getting an education and building this country up.”
It is believed the 16-year-old companion has since been returned to Australia by his father.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Abbott said the propaganda video featuring the Australian boy “again highlights the threat posed by Isis”.
“Isis is a threat that reaches out to Australia and our allies and partners,” he said.
PHOTO: Still image from the Islamic State propaganda video featuring an Australian boy