Another teenage kid joins ISIS; this time from Australia. The 17-year old identified himself as Abu Khaled in the latest video uploaded to YouTube but was later verified as Abdullah Elmir, a teen missing from Sydney’s west for several months. The video shows other young men surrounding Elmir as he rants about the downfall of Western civilization.
Among other threats made, Elmir speaks directly to the leaders of the US, Great Britain, and Australia saying that ISIS would not stop until “we take the head of every tyrant and until the black flag is flying high in every single land.” He went on to promise that the black flag of the Islamic state would soon be raised over Buckingham Palace and the White House.
The 90-second video has since been removed from YouTube, but not before it caused quite a stir among government leaders. The Prime Minister of Australia reaffirmed his countries commitment to the coalition against ISIS and stated that Elmir is just another example of why the terrorist group is such a threat. For another good read, Mike Livak in the Tahoe Daily Tribune sums up the dangers of the situation quite nicely.
Elmir isn’t the first misguided young man to join ISIS. Security experts warn that the trend is on the rise. Earlier this month, a 19-year old American was stopped at O’Hare International Airport before he could board a plane to Turkey where he was planning on crossing into Syria to join ISIS. This was just days after the beheading death of an American citizen. Many are wondering why our youth are attracted to such a brutal and violent message, and what can be done to put a stop to it.