ISIS ‘army of orphans’ vows revenge in disturbing propaganda video
Numerous orphans who lost their parents due to foreign anti-terror intervention in Syria are becoming thirsty for revenge, a new ISIS propaganda video claims, showing a squad of well-equipped child terrorists preparing for battle.
The footage created by the jihadist group’s media arm, Alhayat Center, starts off with a child walking across the ruins of a city destroyed during the Syrian conflict. Amid the scenes of destruction, the faces of Western leaders and politicians blend in with carefully drafted propaganda messages, accompanied by ISIS nasheed tune sung in French.
The terror group vowed payback for the “massacre” perpetrated by the West against the self-proclaimed caliphate in the name of “so-called precious freedoms,” the inserts read, reassuring followers that the terrorist organization has enough means by which to defend their cause.
US President Barack Obama, Russian and French leaders Vladimir Putin and François Hollande, alongside Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad are shown in the video that vows vengeance. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his counterpart John Kerry are also seen in the footage, as examples of those who had committed crimes against ISIS.
Besides the scenes of rubble, the video entitled Blood for Blood also shows young boys in camouflage uniform forming an army of“orphans.” All are apparently of around 10 years of age, and the boys can be seen packing guns and ammo and assembling into a fighting unit. At least two Caucasian kids are seen in the video. The well-equipped child terrorists squad is being instructed by an adult terrorist.
Young “warriors” who had lost their parents to the anti-terror coalition intervention, the song warns, are thirsty for revenge and ready to sacrifice themselves. At the end of the video the unit departs, carrying a black flag, while the footage warns that ISIS orphans are growing and will be ready to strike everywhere.
ISIS has been using children on the battlefield as well for propaganda purposes since its formation. The Ashbal al-Khilafa or “Cubs of the Caliphate” undergo military training and indoctrination in special camps. They have been seen showcasing their skills in a number of videos published by the terror group online.