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Islamic State, March 29, 2015

Latest Sick ISIS Video Shows Young Boys Taking Eight Syrian Captives To Be Beheaded

Original source

Daily Mail

Islamic State's children have taken centre stage in the latest propaganda video from the terror group purporting to show the apparent beheading of eight Syrians.

The video, posted on social media today, claims to show ISIS fighters cutting off the heads of men said to be Shi'ite Muslims.

The eight men, wearing the orange jumpsuits which have become associated with the group's sick propaganda, were said to beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.

Blindfolded and with their hands tied behind their backs, the men are seen being led forward in a field by teenage boys.

They were then handed over to a group of IS fighters - with each fighter receiving a knife from one of the boys before beheading the men.

An Islamic State fighter speaks in the video, using a derogatory term for Shi'ites and calling them 'impure infidels.'

The fighter says the current military campaign against ISIS will only make them stronger.

'Our swords will soon, God willing, reach the Nuseiries and their allies like Bashar and his party,' he says - a reference to Syrian President Bashar Assad and Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group which is fighting on his side.

The word Nuseiry is a derogatory term to refer to Assad's Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.

Lebanese media have reported that one of the murdered men is Younes Hujairi, who was kidnapped from his hometown of Arsal near the Syrian border in January.

The country's state-run National News Agency quoted Mr Hujairi's family as saying he had been beheaded.

Members of Mr Hujairi's family said they have seen pictures of an IS fighter carrying his severed head on social media, it was reported.

It is not clear if Mr Hujairi was one of one of the men beheaded in the video - as is a Sunni, while the video states that all the beheaded men were Shii'tes.

The border town of Arsal, where Mr Hujairi was kidnapped, was also the site of a bold joint raid by the Islamic State group and Syria's al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front last August.

They captured 24 Lebanese soldiers and policemen. Four of those hostages have been killed so far, two of them beheaded by ISIS.

The video could not be immediately independently verified, but it appears to be genuine.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said that the video is authentic.

The terror group has beheaded scores of captives from across the world since capturing large parts of Iraq and Syria in a self-declared caliphate last year.

Earlier this month, a video was released showing the beheading of three Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

Yesterday, Islamist groups including al-Qaeda's Nusra Front have seized the Syrian city of Idlib for the first time since the conflict in the country began.

By taking Idlib, the capital of a northwestern province of the same name, the insurgents now control a second province after Raqqa, a stronghold of the Islamic State group.