Islamic State’s latest propaganda video features 10-year-old American boy threatening US President Trump
The boy, who identified himself as Yousef and claims to be the son of an American soldier, said he moved to Syria with his mother two years ago.
In the seven-minute-propaganda video, the boy appeared to be reading from a script and can be seen walking through rumble in what he claimed to be the Syrian town of Raqqa.
“My message to Trump, the puppet of the Jews: Allah promised us victory, promised you defeat,” the boy says.
“This battle is not gonna end in Raqqa or Mosul. It’s gonna end in your lands.”
The boy spoke in fluent English, in what appears to be an American accent.
“My father’s an American soldier who fought the mujahideen in Iraq,” he said.
Some of the clips showed him reading in Arabic from the Quran and handling a rifle.
“I didn’t know much about Islam except the name. When me and mum came to the Islamic State, we started learning the correct Islamic creed.”
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While the militant group has previously used Western hostages in its propaganda videos, it is the first time an American child is featured.
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert strongly condemned the footage.
“Any child used in that capacity in an ISIS video regardless of what is being done, it’s sick,” she said using another name for the group. “It’s sick and it’s depraved.”
The ultra-violent extremist group has recruited thousands of children in Iraq and Syria – with dozens despatched to the frontlines to die.
The militant group has lost much of its territories in Iraq and Syria since the launch of US-backed offensives in Mosul and Raqqa.