ISIS films child carrying out a beheading for ‘first time’

The footage shows a young boy executing a Syrian army officer

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ISIS have released footage puporting to be of a young child beheading a Syrian regime army officer, in what is regarded as the execution of its kind, reported British media earlier this week.

The young boy, labeled the “cub of the Caliphate”, is seen wearing camouflage and a black headdress with his face uncovered.

He forces the soldier, who identifies himself as a captain in Bashar al-Assad’s army, to lie on his front in order for the child to be able to pull his head back and cut it off with a small knife. He then holds up the decapitated head and puts on top of the victim’s body.

Throughout the beheading, an ISIS fighter is seen observing the killing.

The video is understood to have been taken at the Western Hir Palace in the province of Homs after the soldier was captured by ISIS militants, near the Al-Bosayri army checkpoint.

The unnamed officer is believed to have been a regime leader in the ancient city of Palmyra, which ISIS took control of in May, destroying parts of the city as they believe several of its historical buildings and monuments are a distraction from the worship of God.

ISIS have increasingly used young boys in their executions, with some children being ordered to shoot captives at point blank range.