Jake Bilardi interview: ‘I am a regular soldier of the Islamic State’

“Do you want to speak?”

In late December last year, Jake Bilardi – the Melbourne teenager who ran away to fight with Islamic State – got in touch with me via a direct message on Twitter.

I’d been doing research for a documentary and had come across a profile that appeared to be that of an Australian Islamic State supporter in Iraq. He went by the name of Abu Abdullah and said he was a convert who used to frequent the Hume Islamic Youth Centre (HIYC) in Melbourne.

At the time of the interview, I was unable to confirm the identity of “Abu Abdullah” or whether his claims were credible. It was only this week when his name and identity were revealed that I realized “Abu Abdullah” was Jake Bilardi.

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  • Ken

    Cannon fodder. Heard he blew himself into Islamobits in suicide bombing fashion.

    • Ed Ellison

      He probably got tired of cleaning toilets.

  • mobuyus

    I think the three “friends” took a vote to see who would drive the bomb laden vehicle.

  • Exile1981

    A useful idiot who outlived his usefulness.

    • mobuyus

      His picture should be in the dictionary under useful idiot, right next to justins.

  • Martin B

    The Hume Islamic Youth Centre is under surveillance 24/7, right?

  • Hard Little Machine

    He dies like he lived. With a dick in his ass.

  • chayisun

    Now, now, he was just a poor misunderstood youth trying to find his way. Which, apparently, was over there, and over here and a bit out there……suicide idiot, indeed.

    • DVult

      He was trying to get it together. Wrong strategy.