An ISIS child was filmed conducting his “first beheading.” The Islamic State child soldiers are often referred to as the “cubs of the caliphate” or “ISIS cubs.” The video reportedly shows a young boy beheading a Syrian Army officer. The beheading was said to have taken place in the Homs province at the Western Hir Palace near the Al-Bosayri army checkpoint.
The unnamed Syrian officer beheaded by the ISIS child is thought to have been in charge of a unit in the city of Palmyra. The Islamic State captured the city in May and has reportedly been destroying the “several millennia-old” monuments and buildings ever since. The Islamic State believes the monuments and structures distract from proper Islamic worship, according to a Daily Mail report.
The ISIS child beheading video has been widely shared on social media. The Islamic State cub of the caliphate appears to be a boy of about 10 years. The child soldier was adorned in a camouflage uniform and a black head bandana. The Syrian military officer was reportedly forced to lay on the pavement as the ISIS cub approached from behind, pulls the man’s head back by the hair, and slits his throat with a small knife before beheading him.
After the ISIS child beheads the Syrian soldier, the boy lifts the head into the air, and then, he places it on the back of the lifeless body on the pavement.
Before the ISIS beheading video ends, the camera is turned and pointed at older Islamic State fighters, who issue a threat to the West.
“Our goal is not only Palmyra or Homs or Damascus, rather our goal is to conquer Bayt al-Maqdes [Jerusalem] and Rome, God willing,” The ISIS militants’ threats were contained in a report by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights after they were sent a copy of the video.
Several weeks ago, another ISIS execution video reportedly recorded in Palymrya shows Syrian soldiers being lined up against a wall in the Roman amphitheater and shot in the head by 25 ISIS cubs of the caliphate. The historic facility had been used to host an annual festival and was a popular tourist attraction before the Syrian Civil War began in 2011.
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