The probable death of Australia’s most notorious terrorist and his two sons in Syria further confirms Islamic State is “finished”, a terrorism analyst says.
Greg Barton was responding to reports, which the federal government has yet to publicly confirm, that Khaled Sharrouf died in a United States air strike while driving in Raqqa with sons Abdullah, 12, and Zarqawi, 11, on August 11.
“It is further news that the allure and myth of the so-called romantic jihadi fighting for a utopian state has been punctured,” he told the Nine Network today.
The Deakin University professor said everyone would feel for the Sharrouf children.
“Is the tragic part of the news. Sharrouf himself was a thuggish nobody, his life meant nothing, his death meant nothing either,” Barton said.
“He really wasn’t a mastermind or even a recruiter. He was just a sick lost boy.”
The federal government yesterday said it could not immediately confirm the deaths given the difficulty of getting information from war zones like Syria.
However, Barton said it was likely Australian intelligence was involved.