STANDING on the brink of the grave, Jake Bilardi penned a chilling account outlining what drove him to terrorism and death in the service of Islamic State.
The 18-year-old, who has reportedly now blown himself up in a suicide mission in Iraq that killed 10 other people, wrote a 4000-word blog just a few weeks ago.
It charts the working-class teenager’s course from “gifted student” to violent jihadi.
“With my martyrdom operation drawing closer, I want to tell you my story, how I came from being an atheist school student in affluent Melbourne to a soldier of the Khilafah preparing to sacrifice my life,’’ he began From Melbourne to Ramadi: My Journey.
He said he was intensely interested in global politics, learning through his eldest brother, and “remembers to this day” what his brother told him and the first time he heard him mention al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
“I know he is unhappy with me being here. I can confirm for his sake that, no, he did not ‘radicalise’ me,” Biladi said.
He said slowly but surely, over years of reading, he became drawn to Islam…