A propaganda video was released by the extremist group ISIS on the 13th of January. The gruesome video shows what seem to be two staged interviews conducted by a 10-year-old boy. After the interviews are concluded, the child proceeds to shooting the two men believed to be Russian spies.
The video is 7 and a half minutes long and has been released by Al-hayat, the Islamic State’s production wing. In the interview, the Russians claim to have been sent as spies of the Islamic State and reveal that they also worked in Turkey and Siberia. Furthermore, they reveal information about the jihadi group they had been sent to infiltrate. The two FSD agents were given money to gather the information and send it to Russia. Captions in Arabic and English are included in the video, adding to the suspicion that the IS militants staged the entire thing. Before the actual execution, the spies were told that they were “in the custody of the lion cubs of the caliphate”.
This particular video was released only a day after a similar one appeared. In the previous video, a 14 year old child appears as being a suicidal bomber in Salahuddin, an Iraqi province.
The authenticity of the video has yet to be verified. The only certainty is that children are not only being military trained but also used and abused in order to take part in ISIS’s march of terror.
Other ISIS videos show the same child taking part in atrocious events. His presence is observed even in the latest ISIS videos, shot some time earlier.
Anti-extremist researcher, Mr. Charlie Winter stated that:
“Whether it is real or staged, [Isis] used a young child in this video for the shock factor, and the shock factor alone.[…] Its propagandists have done it before – showing images of children training as soldiers and being kicked in the stomach in martial arts drills – but this latest video marks a departure from past norms.”
The execution is addressed to those responsible for sending the spies into ISIS controlled territory, as is pointed out in the gruesome video. Twitter showed one post of the ISIS-affiliated Abu Marthad ad-Mujahir:
“This is not al-Qaeda, this is the Islamic State, O you filthy stupid Marxists of Russia. This is your destiny.”
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