The Islamic State has reached new heights of savagery even by their standards. Never in their history have they used American children to make threats. That just changed. In their latest propaganda video, ISIS depicts an American boy living in the so-called, “Islamic State.”
From The Daily Beast
“My message to Trump, the puppet of the Jews: Allah promised us victory, promised you defeat,” said the child who gives his name as “Yousef,” The boy stands amid ruins in the terrorist group’s Syrian capital, Raqqa. “This battle is not gonna end in Raqqa or Mosul. It’s gonna end in your lands.” Despite his name, the young child gives his message in perfect, unaccented English.
The boy says in the video, that he moved to Syria from America with his family two years ago. The only clue to his real identity, however, was included in the message. “My father’s an American soldier who fought the Mujahideen in Iraq,” said the child. Georgia State University professor, Mia Bloom believes the child’s father is significant.
“While this is the first time they have used an American child speaking, it’s significant that he identifies his father as a former U.S. soldier and makes an overt threat to Trump,” Bloom told The Daily Beast. “The use of children in this way is intended to show the conflict is multi-generational.”
“Even the kids are radicalized.”
The George Washington University Program on Extremism notes that six of the 133 Americans arrested in connection with ISIS, have military backgrounds. What they don’t know, is how many people with U.S. military backgrounds are fighting with ISIS overseas. Although, this latest video may mean there are more than they would’ve suspected.
Throughout most of the video, Yousef speaks about the unifying and widespread power of the caliphate. He appears alongside a Yazidi boy he calls his best friend, who is now being raised as a soldier for ISIS. The boys live in the same house and are “more like brothers,” they said.
According to Professor Bloom, ISIS uses nearly two-dozen children a month in their terrorist operations. While they have not used American children as propaganda before, they have used American adults. The most notorious of which was Mohammed Emwazi, better known as Jihadi John.