It would appear that terrorists are becoming younger daily.
In what was clearly a terrorist linked incident Curtis Cheng, a much liked, long serving civilian member of NSW Police Dept. was shot dead on Friday Oct 2nd by radicalised 15-year-old Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, who was born in Iran and came from an Iraqi-Kurdish background. Jabar himself was then shot by a ‘special constable’
“What we would suggest and we suspect is that there was some influence, whether it was ideologically, religious or politically motivated, that determined and influenced the 15-year-old to go and commit this horrendous act of violence.”
Police conducted several raids and looked at the CCT footage of the mosque he attended before the murder. Jabar was not under surveillance and was not considered a threat but some of the targets of Wednesday’s raid were the focus of anti-terrorism raids a year ago. Seventeen people were detained in that action, which police said prevented a beheading plot.
All that is know is that he was radicalised on line. He went to the Parramatta mosque with a black backpack. Presumably his Muslim gown and cap were in the bag. He may have met with others there and we now know that’s where he got to gun. Two men have been arrested today.
The Australian reports that Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, communicated online with a British radical associated with the terrorist group Islamic State. This has become a significant line of inquiry for detectives investigating Jabar’s background, including his associations at Sydney’s Parramatta mosque.
“School friends of the teenager have also told The Australian Jabar used to sing Islamic State propaganda songs in the playground of his high school, near both the mosque and the scene of his attack.
Yesterday it was reported:
The head of the Australian Federal Police has warned that the threat of terrorism in Australia is getting worse, after confirmation that a 12-year-old is among a group of radicalised youth on the police radar in connection with the Parramatta shooter.
Last night’s 7.30 Report revealed a 12-year-old boy is being watched by police because he is part of a group of 18 extremists who may have helped the 15-year-old shooter. Police say they are shocked that the ages of those on watch lists is getting younger.
AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin stated the issue of terrorism was becoming more difficult to manage.
“We’re shocked that a 12-year-old is on the police radar for these type of matters,”
“Yes, the problem is getting worse for Australia, not better.
“The numbers of individuals that we’re concerned about overseas has plateaued a little, as the Foreign Minister has said.
“Some very good work is being done by our border agencies and our police and security agencies to stop people from leaving for the conflict zones, but there’s no doubt that this problem is becoming more acute and more difficult.”
The Council on Foreign Relations reported that ISIL allegedly released a propaganda film in January this showing a 10 year-old boy executing two men said to be Russian spies. The boy is believed to be from Kazakhstan and has appeared in previous ISIL training videos with other young boys. Children are increasingly being used by terror groups. A bomb strapped to a girl about 10 years old exploded in northern Nigeria too killing at least 16.
The exploitation of children by terrorist groups is not new, but groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Pakistani Taliban are increasingly using children to carry out their activities. The move is strategic as it is shocking. It provides heightened media attention and allows terrorist groups to groom more loyal members. Children are easier to indoctrinate and less likely to resist, since they do not yet fully understand their own mortality.
When training young children for suicide missions or frontline engagement, ISIS tries to desensitize them to violence by exposing them to actual beheadings or videos of them. In August, Khaled Sharrouf, Australia’s most wanted terrorist, shared an image on Facebook of his very young son holding a severed head with both his hands. In January 2014, the terrorist group posted a photo on Facebook of their “youngest mujahid” in Aleppo, balancing an automatic weapon against a set of barricades.
Family units also remain intact in many of the terrorist organizations, as many men who join ISIS take their families along with them. Within these networks (in ISIS’ case, the so-called Islamic State), members are encouraged to train their children to become the next generation of jihadists. When recruiting children from outside their own family units, particularly online, the terrorist groups use methods that are similar to those employed by sexual predators: gaining trust and establishing rapport, fulfilling emotional needs, and then isolating a victim from family and friends.
Eventually, the terrorist group begins to shift the victim’s moral viewpoint. In ISIS’ case, terrorists subject the children to violent videos, as sexual predators would expose their victims to pornography. In both scenarios, the child is made to think that violent or abnormal sexual behaviors are normal. If the victim resists or a family member intervenes, ISIS uses blackmail or coercion to maintain control.
It’s quite sickening to see photos of children wearing terrorist ‘outfits’
The first one is a little shaky for a few seconds.