Abu Abdullah al-Australi
1 December 1996
|Died||11 March 2015 (aged 18)|
|Cause of death||Suicide bombing|
|Other names||White Jihadi|
Abu Abdullah al-Australi
|Years active||2014 – 2015|
|Known for||Coordinated suicide bombing in Ramadi, Iraq|
|Years of service||2014 – 2015|
Abu Abdullah al-Australi (1 December 1996 – 11 March 2015), born Jake Bilardi, dubbed by the media as Jihadi Jake, was an eighteen year old Australian suicide bomber considered among the youngest recruited from a Western nation. Bilardi's background has been described as radically different from other Western recruits and symbolises youth issues more than ideological ones. 
Life, radicalisation and death
Born in Craigieburn, Victoria, Bilardi was a shy, lonely boy and student who was reportedly bullied by peers. Bilardi kept a blog describing his disdain for United States forces committing crimes against Muslims in the Middle East. He became radical after his mother died of cancer. By 2014, he expressed sympathy for Osama bin Laden on Facebook. Concerned that the Australian government was monitoring him, Bilardi turned to building explosives in the event he would not be able to leave the country. A recruiter for Jabhat al-Nusra made contact with him in August 2014 and he left for Iraq.
Bilardi died in a suicide attack in Ramadi, Iraq on 11 March 2015. The Iraqi Army stated Bilardi's attack was unsuccessful, killing only himself. ISIL used his death as propaganda, in order to recruit more people to become suicide bombers. According to a friend, Bilardi was concerned his family would "spend eternity in hell" for being non-believers.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, commented on Bilardi's death as an "absolutely horrific situation", stating, "it's very, very important that we do everything we can to try to safeguard our young people against the lure of this shocking, alien and extreme ideology." Professor Greg Barton, director of the Centre for Islam and the Modern World considers Bilardi a self-radical motivated by underlying mental health issues instead of religious zealotry.
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