ISIS film a CHILD carrying out a beheading for the first time: ‘Cub of the Caliphate’ is the first seen executing a prisoner by decapitation as the terror group increasingly use boys to kill
- Depraved jihadis forced a boy no older than 10-years-old to commit murder
- Child is seen executing a Syrian army officer near the city of Palmyra
- Approaches the victim from behind and uses a small knife to behead him
- It is the first time ISIS has used a child to carry out a brutal beheading
- However the terror group is increasingly using boys in its filmed murders
- WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
Depraved jihadis fighting for the Islamic State have forced a young child to savagely behead a Syrian regime army officer in the first execution of its kind.
The sickening murder is understood to have taken at the Western Hir Palace in the province of Homs after the soldier was captured by jihadis at the nearby Al-Bosayri army checkpoint.
The unnamed officer is believed to have been a regime leader in the ancient city of Palmyra, which ISIS captured in May and have since set about about systematically destroying as they believe the city’s several millennia-old buildings and monuments distract from the worship of God.
ISIS have increasingly used young boys in their gruesome executions, with some children no older than 12 being forced to shoot the terror group’s opponents at point blank range. However using a child to carry out a brutal beheading with a knife is a sickening new low for ISIS.
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Sick: Depraved jihadis fighting for the Islamic State have forced a young child to savagely behead a Syrian regime army officer in the first execution of its kind
Brutal murder: The regime soldier is seen being forced to lay on his stomach as the young boy approaches him from behind, pulls his head back by the hair, and uses a small knife to behead him
Video of the incident has been shared by ISIS supporters on social media and shows a child no older than 10 carrying out the brutal beheading.
Wearing camouflage and a black headdress, the boy’s face is uncovered – revealing a chilling dead-eyed stare that offers a glimpse of the evil he has witnessed carried out by ISIS’ killers.
The regime soldier is seen being forced to lay on his stomach as the young boy approaches him from behind, pulls his head back by the hair, and uses a small knife to slit the man’s throat and set about beheading him.
In a moment of true horror the child then lifts the victim’s severed head in a warped celebration of the brutal murder. He then places the head on the victim’s back.
Throughout the entire killing, a senior ISIS fighter is seen observing the shocking scene.
At the end of the video the older militant turns to the camera and makes a chilling 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,’ according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who say they were sent a copy of the video.
Horror: Video of the incident has been shared by ISIS supporters on social media and shows a child no older than 10 carrying out the brutal beheading
Warped: Wearing camouflage and a black headdress, the boy’s face is uncovered – revealing a chilling dead-eyed stare that offers a glimpse of the evil he has witnessed carried out by ISIS’ killers
Today’s savage murder is not the first time ISIS have used young boys to commit a sickening murder. It isn’t even the first time the terror group has employed child executioners in Palmyra.
But observers believe the latest shocking video features the first young boy forced to carry out a filmed beheading on behalf of the Islamic extremists.
Earlier this month ISIS released an execution video from inside Palmyra, showing 25 child executioners lining up regime soldiers in a Roman amphitheatre and shooting them in the head.
A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored ruin waiting for the slaughter, many wearing military uniforms and headscarves.
The amphitheatre had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city and was a world famous tourist attraction before the Syrian Civil War broke out in 2011.
ISIS seized control of the UNESCO world heritage site from regime forces in May. Since then it is believed the terror group has been using it to stage hundreds of barbaric public executions.
Harrowing footage: Today’s savage murder is not the first time ISIS have used boys to commit a sickening murder. It isn’t even the first time the terror group has employed child executioners in Palmyra (pictured)
Waiting crowd: Earlier this month ISIS released an execution video from inside Palmyra, showing 25 child executioners lining up regime soldiers in a Roman amphitheatre and shooting them in the head
Blood-thirsty: A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored ruin waiting for the slaughter, many wearing military uniforms and headscarves
ISIS’ child killers are dubbed ‘cubs of the caliphate’ and have proven to be an increasingly common propaganda tool for a group determined to prove itself as the most depraved in human history.
The first confirmed example of child executioners being employed by ISIS is believed to have been in January, when two children shot dead a pair of former jihadis who ‘confessed’ to being spies operating undercover within the terror group on behalf of Russian intelligence.
Since then there have been numerous examples of ISIS jihadis using children to shoot their enemies dead – ranging from slick, professionally produced videos aimed at a Western audience, to grainy mobile phone footage intended for the private entertainment of the militants themselves.
Yesterday 17 government troops including a commander were killed fighting ISIS near Palmyra.
Palmyra, which is famed for its ancient ruins, has been under ISIS control since May, but in recent weeks government troops have advanced to within a few miles of the city.
Meanwhile in northeastern Syria, Kurdish forces backed by government shelling seized an area south of the city of Hasakeh from ISIS forces.
THE TREASURED SYRIAN CITY OF PALMYRA – ‘THE VENICE OF THE SANDS’
Miraculously preserved: Before the ISIS take-over, the desert city of Palmyra was ranked on the world’s 10 best Roman ruins, and was the greatest Roman city in the Middle East. The Roman amphitheatre in the ancient city is one of the best examples of the miraculous preservation so treasured in the city
The historic city of Palmyra, which has been described as the ‘Venice of the Sands’, is a vast expanse of Roman ruins in the middle of the Syrian desert.
It was the greatest Roman city in the Middle East, and before the take-over of ISIS, was ranked as one of the 10 best Roman ruins in the world.
But now it has become a stage for ISIS brutality, as pictures emerge of bloodied bodies scattered among the arches and columns that line the city’s streets.
Palmyra’s fall to ISIS has huge resonance in the West because the Unesco World Heritage Site and jewel of the Middle East – which only recently was visited by thousands of tourists every year – could be reduced to rubble at any moment.
Named for the forest of palm trees that flank it, the oasis city has provided refuge for desert-travellers for nearly 4,000 years.
Just 130 miles north-east of the Syrian capital Damascus, the city is a staggering and unique combination of Roman and Middle Eastern architecture.
At risk: The Triumphal Arch across the main street of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert
Some of the treasures of the city include the Temple of Bel, which ranks among the most important buildings of the ancient world and was the religious centre of Palmyra; the elaborately-decorated Triumphal Arch across the city’s main street; and the frescoes at the Hypogeum of the Three Brothers, dating from the second century AD.
But in the eyes of ISIS, the architectural and artistic gems are simply the artefacts of infidels, representing false and offensive idols.
‘It is the birthplace of civilisation,’ Irina Bokova said of the city.
‘It belongs to the whole of humanity and everyone today should be worried about what is happening.’
Kevin Butcher, professor of classics and ancient history at the University of Warwick, added: ‘Like Venice, the city formed the hub of a vast trade network, only with the desert as its sea and camels as its ships.’
The Romans took the site in the first century AD under the Emperor Tiberius.
Soon the city became one of the international market places of the world, with imports and exports across the Empire, as far afield as Hadrian’s Wall in the north, Spain in the west, India in the east and Libya in the south.
Palmyra’s amphitheatre, built soon after a visit from Emperor Hadrian in AD 129, is one of the best examples of the miraculous preservation that is so treasured in the city.
Harry Mount, written for Daily Mail. Harry Mount’s Odyssey — Ancient Greece in the Footsteps of Odysseus is published by Bloomsbury in July