ISIS Video Depicts Child Soldier Killing Russian Spies
A horrifying new video released online on Tuesday appears to show ISIS using a young boy to execute a pair of captives the terror group claims are Russian spies.
The slickly produced video shows two men being interrogated in Russian about their alleged attempt to infiltrate ISIS. One captive, an alleged Kazakh national, states he was ordered to spy on an ISIS leader, while the other confesses to having been sent to assassinate a senior ISIS commander. The video later skips to an outdoor scene, where the alleged spies are kneeling in a field before a burly man and a young boy of 10 or less armed with a pistol.
“Allah has gifted the Islamic State’s security agency with the apprehension of these two spies,” the adult states. “By Allah’s grace, they are now in the custody of the lion cubs of the Caliphate.”
At that point, the young boy steps forward and appears to calmly shoot the two men repeatedly in the head.
ISIS has been known to employ child soldiers, whom it calls the “lion cubs of the Caliphate.” The video ends with a scene from a previous ISIS propaganda video released in November showing a training camp for “the next generation” of jihadis. The same boy appears in that video, speaking of his ambitions to grow up to “kill infidels” and identifying himself as “Abdullah” from Kazakhstan.
The US State Department did not immediately return a request for comment about the video. An official with Russia’s Federal Security Service declined to comment when asked about the video by Russian media outlet RIA Novosti. The news agency said the Russian embassy in Damascus also had no comment.
Flip the page to see an edited version of the alleged shooting. The graphic content has been removed.
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