ISIS “lion cubs” are young boys killing in the name of the Islamic State. One child executioner is featured alongside Abu Sa’ad al-Dāghistāni in a video appearing to execute two Russian intelligence soldiers. Abu Sa’ad al-Dāghistāni was killed during fighting in Kobane, ISIS fighters are now stating on Twitter.
Abu Sa’ad al-Dāghistāni was reportedly an ISIS intelligence commander. In the Islamic State video which appears to show an ISIS lion cub executing two “Russian spies,” al-Dāghistāni is shown standing behind the Russian soldiers before the unidentified boy allegedly shot the men in the back of the head. Military and medical are unsure if the ISIS execution video is authentic, and note a lack of blood from the gunshots wounds to substantiate their claims.
The approximately eight-minute long ISIS Russian intelligence soldiers execution video begins with an interview of the two men. The Russians admitted to spying on ISIS on behalf of Vladimir Putin and their homeland. Off camera, the Russian soldiers tell Abu Sa’ad al-Dāghistāni and the ISIS lion cub that their names are Mamayev Jambulat Yesenajovich and Ashimov Sergey Nikolayavich. The Russians said that they were Kazakh and recruited to gather intelligence about the Islamic State.
Abu Sa’ad al-Dāghistāni, dressed in a camo uniform, and the ISIS cub are then shown standing next to the alleged Russian spies – the boy is holding a handgun.
When the elder ISIS fighter speaks, he says, “Allah has gifted the Islamic State with these two spies. By Allah’s grace, they are now in the custody of the lions cubs of the Khilafah.”
After appearing to execute the alleged Russian spies, the ISIS lion cub raises his handgun into the air and cheers.
— No One (@BeCalma) January 13, 2015
ISIS has been known to employ child soldiers, which it calls the “lion cubs of the Caliphate.” http://t.co/vGMvOtI4oT
— Danny Espino (@djdnice11) January 15, 2015
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, ISIS using babies to help bolster the ranks is the focus of a new booklet for Islamic State mothers. The “Sister’s Role in Jihad” booklet tells ISIS mothers that the “most important” manner in which they can contribute to the Islamic State caliphate is to indoctrinate children with the militant group’s message from a very young age. “Don’t wait until they are seven to start, for it may be too late by then,” the how to raise jihadi babies booklet reportedly states.