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New Islamic State video seems to show a ‘British boy executing a prisoner’.

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Just in case anybody needs reminding that Jihadist Islamism is a more pressing problem than the Burkini ban.

New Islamic State video appears to show a ‘British boy executing a prisoner’.  Press Association.

A new video from the so-called Islamic State (IS) shows a child – purportedly British – appearing to execute a prisoner.

Five boys stand in front of five men in orange jumpsuits in the video. The boy captioned as Abu Abdullah al-Britani (the Briton) is white.

A child captioned Abu al-Bara al-Tunisi (the Tunisian) addresses the men – apparently Kurdish fighters – promising more violence, according to the BBC.

The other children are said to be Abu Ishaq al-Masri (the Egyptian), Abu Fu’ad al-Kurdi (the Kurd) and Yusuf al-Uzbaki (the Uzbek).

The identity of the child said to be British has not been verified.

Children have featured prominently in IS propaganda. In February, IS released a video purportedly showing a young British boy – thought to be four-year-old Isa Dare – blowing up a car and killing three prisoners inside.

He is the the son of Muslim extremist Grace “Khadija” Dare from Lewisham, south-east London, who travelled to Syria in 2012.

The Kurdish News Agency Rudaw reports,

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The five Kurdish captives executed by Islamic State child soldiers were from Rojava, northern Syria, an official has confirmed.

ISIS released a video on Friday showing the execution by gunshot of five Kurds by five children soldiers dressed in military fatigues in Raqqa.

Saeed Mamuzini, media officer for the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul province, told Rudaw that the five Kurdish captives were from Rojava.

In the video, a total of 15 captives were executed in three separate scenes. Five were shot by the child soldiers, another five were shot by adult militants, and the final five were beheaded by adult militants. The identities of the other ten executed are not known.

The children appear to be of five different nationalities: British, Kurdish, Tunisian, Egyptian, and Uzbekistani.

The Kurdish captives were reportedly killed in retaliation for recent Kurdish advances in Syria.

This is not the first time ISIS released such videos of the killing of captives. They routinely release videos of executions for propaganda purposes.

ISIS is training child soldiers in their special military camps for children.

The Independent adds,

Isis execution video: Young boy ‘who could be British’ takes part in jihadi killing

The video states he is Abu Abdullah al-Britani, a nickname used by several other British jihadis in the Middle East in the past.

A young boy thought to be British has been seen taking part in the latest execution video released by Isis.

In the video, the boy, who appears to be aged between 10 and 12, shoots an adult prisoner kneeling in front of him alongside four other youngsters doing the same.

While his identity was not known, the propaganda video states his name to be Abu Abdullah al-Britani, a war name used to signify British jihadis.

The video shows the five boys standing behind a different orange-jumpsuit-wearing prisoner. The children are armed with pistols and clothed in military gear and bandanas.

As the age of criminality in the UK is 10, if the boy is British and is brought back to the UK, he could face murder charges.

Last July, 25-year-old Assad Uzzman from Portsmouth was killed in Syria using the name al-Britani.

 

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

August 27, 2016 at 10:36 am

6 Responses

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  1. A timely, if horrible, reminder. We need to constantly remind ourselves about priorities. Well done, Andrew.

    Jim Denham

    August 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

  2. Jim, you can see more graphic pictures through the links, and in a range of mainstream media outlets.

    They were too horrible to reproduce but they are the reason I posted.

    Andrew Coates

    August 27, 2016 at 11:08 am

  3. The BBC report suggests that the boy is white – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37202921 – so from a convert background? Would be interesting to see some proper stats on the proportion of violent Jihadis who were *not* originally born into Muslim families…as they seem to make up a disproportionate number judging by media stories. This sort of deflates the narrative that violent Jihadism is simply a response to prejudice based on your background and/or having your country invaded.

    alex ross

    August 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

  4. Yes, this is more important in the overall scale of things than the French ban. And climate change will almost certainly turn out to be much more important than Islamist death cults in the desert. The point about the French bans though, from a European secularist perspective is that 1) they can probably be defeated more easily, and 2) secularists – we – have a certain duty to distance themselves from bigoted politics carried out (largely by right-wing Catholic politicians) in the name of secularism. How to deal with Daesh is much more complicated. And as for the climate…

    Francis

    August 27, 2016 at 3:45 pm

  5. All good points.

    But getting children to murder, publicly, on video, is so depraved it is hard to grapple with.

    Andrew Coates

    August 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm

  6. and we should support Assad, the legitimate ruler, and not have illusions about some nonexistent ‘democratic’ opposition’

    Thought you would enjoy the Galloway interview.

    Dean

    August 27, 2016 at 10:48 pm


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