‘Britain’s white jihadi’ actually a gifted Aussie school dropout called Jake now fighting for Islamic State

The Islamic State recruit the British media decried as “Britain’s White Jihadi” in December, proclaiming he was a “major coup for the terrorist group”, is actually a skinny, baby-faced boy from Craigieburn in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, and his non-Muslim family is worried sick about him.

Fairfax Media can reveal that the young westerner pictured last December sitting between bearded men and holding an assault rifle in front of the black flag of IS is actually an 18-year-old Australian called Jake. We will not reveal his full name at the request of a family member.