Iraqi soldiers and volunteers from the Abbas Unit fan out into a field in Jurf al Sakhr, 60 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, on August 10, 2014, after they reportedly pushed back jihadist fighter from the area. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
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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 Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) "terrorist army" is, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday.The picture, taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, was posted on the Twitter account of Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian man who fled to Syria last year and is now an ISIS fighter, The Australian newspaper said.Australia has an arrest warrant out for Sharrouf, who has also been pictured posing with severed heads.Abbott, meanwhile, said Australia was ready to participate in American airdrops to civilians threatened in Iraq, and could also deploy two aircraft for any airlift mission.
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