Deir Ezzor – The Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group on Sunday executed three young men in Syria’s northeastern Deir ez-Zor city.
The victims, who were accused of spying for the Kurdish YPG forces, were executed at the hands of ISIS child soldiers–known as ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’.
The ISIS media office of Deir ez-Zor released a propaganda video showing the three men confessing that they’ve been spying for the Kurdish troops against the so-called Caliphate. Later in the video, ISIS child soldiers brutally execute the victims and shout “Allahu Akbar”.
The execution took place in a deserted playground in rural Deir ez-Zor.
Abu Mouaz al-Shami, a 9-year-old member of “Cubs of the Caliphate”, beheaded one of the victims with a knife after being ordered by an ISIS officer.
Khattab al-Kamishli, a 13-year-old jihadist, beheaded another man in the same video. Speaking in front of the camera, Khattab said that his brother was killed by the Kurdish troops and “beheading this spy” was his revenge.
Yet the most shocking scene in the video was that of a 4-year-old boy shooting a man in the head and then shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
Director of the ‘Deir ez-Zor 24’ activist network Omar Abu Laila told ARA News: “Obviously those children have been brainwashed by ISIS radicals.”
“ISIS has been kidnapping children and forcing them to join jihadist training camps in Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor and Mosul. They’ve been forced into committing such atrocities on behalf of the ISIS self-proclaimed Caliphate,” Abu Laila said.
The so-called ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ is a unit for child soldiers who fight in the ranks of ISIS. It has branches in every city controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Children recruited by ISIS receive a Sharia course and a military training within a period of three months. Afterwards, the trained boys are spread across the ISIS-held territory in the region with different jihadi assignments.
Although parents of recently recruited children protested against such practices by ISIS, the group continued to force young boys to join the Cubs of the Caliphate under the pretext of serving what the group defines as “Islamic Sharia”.
Reporting by: Sedredin Kino and Helin Saeed | Source: ARA News
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