A video released by ISIS, (Daesh) appears to show a young Tunisian boy, along with four other children executing Kurdish prisoners in Syria.
The one minute video is believed to have been recorded recently in the Daesh capital of Raqqa, Syria. In the video, five boys are shown aged approximately between 12 and 13, who are understood to have come from Tunisia, Britain, Egypt, Turkey and Uzbekistan. All are holding handguns, wearing black headbands and desert camouflage.
In the video, the Tunisian boy (standing in the middle) operating under the pseudonym, Abu-Al Baraa Al Tounsi makes a terrifying shriek in Arabic, saying, ” No one can save the Kurds. Even with the support of America, France, Britain, Germany and the devils in hell”. He then slaps one of the prisoners on his shaved head and calls for the takbir, (salutation) to which the other boys respond, “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) before raising their guns to the sky and firing.
Daesh have using increasing numbers of child soldiers over the last twelve months. According to a a report for the Combating Terrorism Center, the rate of young people dying in suicide operations rose from six in January 2015 to 11 in January 2016. Moreover, the number of operations involving one or more child is similarly increasing.
Speaking to Tunisia Live, President of the Rescue Association of Tunisians Trapped Abroad, (RATTA) Mohamed Iqbel Ben Rejeb, said that “the Tunisian boy is not the first kid to be sent there. It’s not anything new. Their parents bring them there in order to fight.” He continued, “Daesh have been using mounting numbers of child soldiers to kill the ‘kuffar’ (infidel) and to launch devastating suicide attacks throughout the regions. “
Ben Rejeb said that more than a thousand children under the age of 16 had been recruited and were well trained by special military trainers in camps. “These children are brain washed, in order to teach them murderous hatred of everyone but extremist Sunni Muslims. They are made to believe that the most honorable act they can perform is to die in the name of God. Then they get exploited and used in terrorist attacks, executions, and bombing.”
Zaineb is a journalist in the Tunisia Live newsroom. She speaks Arabic, French and English.