The Islamic State group frequently does things that shock the conscience of the civilized world, but its most recent propaganda video took evil to a new level.
The video featured five children, called “Cubs of the Caliphate,” murdering prisoners of the terrorist organization in execution style.
The Cubs of the Caliphate has been an effort of the Islamic State group since its rise in Iraq and Syria in 2014, according to The Daily Caller.
One of the kids in the video was reportedly of British background, while the other four had Egyptian, Kurdish, Tunisian and Uzbek roots. The terrorist organization intentionally uses children from different backgrounds in efforts to show that it has an international presence and to prove its supposed legitimacy across the world.
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) August 26, 2016
In the video, each kid was holding a pistol and wearing the same camouflage other Islamic State group fighters wear.
Intelligence officials believed that the footage was recorded in Raqqa, the de factor Islamic State group capital in Syria, The Daily Caller reported.
Although we may see children as young and innocent lives, the Islamic State group sees them as an opportunity to further its mission.
“To ISIS, children are not just valuable propaganda; they are full-fledged militants who can kill,” wrote Mia Bloom, a security studies professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
As early as 10 years old, these Cubs of the Caliphate are put through rigorous military training and indoctrination, Bloom explained. The children are taught how to take hostages, conduct sniper attacks and ambush the enemy.
The fact that one of the child executioners in the video was of British background is particularly concerning because it means that Islamic State group propaganda and recruiting efforts have been at least somewhat successful in the Western world.
We MUST do everything we possibly can to eliminate this evil, nightmarish group from our world. Every moment we wait to take real action against these monsters, another child is being recruited and another life is being lost.
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