Whether it’s Islamic jihadists, Western soldiers, Mexican drug cartels or just random serial killers, I find posing for trophy photos with slain victims sickening.
Jihadist who posed with these five severed heads (and presumably carried the beheading out with the bloodied knife he’s holding) is a Dutch man named Khalid K. aka Abudurahman. Born in Iraq, Khalid immigrated to the Netherlands and lived in Almere for ten years. He was on full disability having been diagnosed with claustrophobia and schizophrenia.
Then as the powers that be started to recruit Islamists with extremist views to fight their proxy was in Syria, Khalid geared up for a headhunting holiday in the Middle East. He was first recognized as Khalid K. in October 2012, after Dutch media published a propaganda photo taken by an AFP press photographer which showed the jihadist sitting next to a corpse while shooting a Kalashnikov and reading Qur’an.
In the summer of 2011, Khalid was detained for 2 weeks on suspicion of involvement in terrorism, but was released for lack of evidence. Given latest evidence that he’s engaging in the acts of terrorism, the Dutch authorities withdrew his residency permit and the EU banned him from entering the union. According to the Dutch Public Ministry (Openbare Ministerie), Khaled K. is still suspect in the case for which he was previously arrested.
In 2012, Khalid was an active member of Jabhat al-Nusra, which is allied to Al-Qaeda. But according to the text that accompanied the release of the photo with five severed heads, he switched to the Islamic State of Iraq and Shaam (ISIS). The five heads are believed to have belonged to Al-Nusra fighters. Those groups have been fighting each other since at least the beginning of 2014. ISIS have become even more extreme than Al-Nusra.