Britain has so-called Jihadi John but he is not a phenomenon only known to the UK. Across the globe Australia had Jihadi Jake, 18; I say had as according to latest reports the Melbourne teen Jake Bilardi, Jihadi Jake, blew himself up in Iraq in a suicide bomb attack.
Islamic State also referred to as IS, ISIL, and ISIS control large areas of Iraq and Syria. They launched 13 suicide bombings in Ramadi, Iraq, Wednesday and it is believed Bilardi took part in the onslaught against security personnel.
Images on Twitter indicate that Bilardi was part of a so-called 'martyrdom' operation. Islamic State terrorists claimed the almost simultaneous attacks were carried out by "foreign fighters from Australia, Belgium, Syria and Uzbekistan."
Two soldiers were reported killed in one attack with others sustaining injuries but the attacks reportedly killed at least 10 people and wounded 30.
Bilardi was seen in footage posted by Islamic State although his involvement has not been verified. He appears to be behind the wheel of a vehicle. True to form IS continue to utilise modern technology posting footage and images to accompany threats and terror events.
Thursday Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the reports were "absolutely horrific". "It shows the lure, the lure of this death cult to impressionable youngsters and 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."
The foolish teenager, described as a gifted intelligent young man travelled to the Middle East to join IS in 2014. He reportedly converted to Islam following the death of his mother.
A couple of months after he left Australia he contacted his family announcing that he was training to become a suicide bomber.
What turned a shy but gifted young man into a suicide bomber? Government officials will be trying to fathom that out as they attempt to deter others from following a similar path.
In October Bilardi's Australian passport was cancelled as security agencies assessed him as a terrorist threat. He allegedly left his Australia home booby trapped when he left for the Middle east in August and had planned a terror attack in his home country.
Bilardi wrote a blog online under the pen-name of Abu Abdullah al Australi which may offer some insight into this young man who had dreamed at one time of being a journalist.
How many more foreign nationals, Jihadi Johns and Jihadi Jakes, are there in the Middle East exacting terror alongside Islamic State?