This is standard fare in that region, Paleostinians involve their children early on as well.
Children of war: As rebels force boys to watch an execution, gun-toting youngsters join regime troops
Sickening: Armed militant children – some no older than eight – watch the execution of a man in the latest shocking video to emerge from the ISIS insurgency in Iraq
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- Shocking footage shows baying mob of masked insurgents – including armed children – surrounding prisoner
- Captured man is made to kneel on floor before being shot in the back of the head as crowd celebrates
- Youngsters show little emotion as cheers ring out from the watching Sunni Muslim crowds
Gun-toting children were paraded for the cameras in Iraq yesterday – on both sides of the bloody conflict.
A shocking video emerged showing armed boys watching the execution of a prisoner by masked jihadi fighters.
The children – some as young as eight – look on as a prisoner is made to kneel in the dirt before being shot in the back of the head.
The video of gun-toting children was uploaded on YouTube with the chilling message: ‘Brutal sectarian war has come again to Iraq and many say it’s as bad as in the dark days of 2007.’
Boy jihadis: The footage shows a number of children brandishing automatic weapons as they watch the man being shot in the back of the head just a few feet away
It follows two days of sickening propaganda videos posted by ISIS showing their black-uniformed gunmen humiliating, taunting and then executing captured Iraqi soldiers, some apparently shot as they lay in a shallow grave.
The United Nations said yesterday ISIS fighters have carried out hundreds of summary executions since their offensive began last week, including the apparent massacre of captured Iraqi soldiers.
Yesterday as the United States sent 275 soldiers to Baghdad to protect its embassy, insurgents moved closer to the Iraqi capital with an attack on the gateway town of Baquba, 37 miles away, where government troops were said to have ‘stalled’ their advance after being joined in the fight by Shiite militiamen. Dozens were reported to have been killed in the fighting.
At least 44 prisoners held in the town’s police station are said to have been killed although there were conflicting reports of how they died.
Disturbing: An ISIS militant holds the prisoner’s head as he prepares for the execution while a young boy (circled) watches on just a few feet away