AUSTRALIAN NEIL PRAKASH – KILLED IN IRAQ
* Neil Prakash from Cambodian descent and Buddhist faith, was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1993. Neil Prakash was a rapper who wrote songs about sex, Islam and drugs before he turned into a terrorist mastermind. He was formerly known as Kree Dafa and when his musical career failed, he went on to lead Australians to Islamic State. He converted to Islam in early 2011, travelled to Syria in 2013 and adopted the nom de guerre Abu Khaled al-Cambodi as a nod to his Cambodian background.
Listed in an Isis guidebook as an online point of contact for aspiring jihadists, Neil Prakash was active on mainstream social media sites until falling silent late 2015. It is understood Neil Prakash, Numan Haider and the five teenagers all visited the same al-Furqan Islamic Centre in Springvale South.
On 04/21/2015 Neil Prakash has appeared in a new Islamic State propaganda video calling for attacks on home soil ( Australia ).
News Corp reported, in 10/2015, that Neil Prakash had been banned from online activity by I.S.I.S commanders after the killing of three friend comrades in US-led airstrikes. Indeed one of Prakash’s final tweets called on the US to make him a martyr through a “paradise missile”.
Neil Prakash has been wanted for arrest since 08/2015 under a warrant issued by the Australian federal police after he was linked to an alleged plot to behead a Victorian police officer on Anzac Day months earlier, in 07/2015 . The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, told parliament that Prakash had “sought to commission violent terrorist acts, including in Australia, and to recruit others, including young Australian women and girls, to travel to Syria and Iraq to join the Daesh terrorists”.
According to reports circulated within the ranks of the Islamic State in late 01/2016 Neil Prakash has died. No details have yet emerged of Prakash’s reported demise and the Australian government is unable to confirm it.
** Neil Prakash has been killed, on 04/29/2016, in an US air strike on the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq. American authorities have also advised the Federal Government that Australian woman Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad, the sister of Farhad Mohammad, was killed in a similar airstrike near the Syrian city of Al Bab on 04/22/2016, alongside her Sudanese husband, Abu Saad al-Sudani. She travelled to Syria, apparently with the help of alleged IS supporter Milad Atai, just a day before her brother killed Mr Cheng on Friday 10/02/2015.
Australian Attorney-General George Brandis and Defence Minister Marise Payne said in a statement, on 05/05/2016, “The latest advice I have from ASIO as of this morning is they assess there are about 110 Australians engaged with I.S.I.S in the Middle East as foreign fighters or otherwise engaged within the ISIS network,” Brandis told reporters.
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