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A Boy Plays a Starring Role in Disturbing New Islamic State Execution Video

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More evidence of the jihadist group's use of children as killers.

Image source: Islamic State video via Twitter

The Islamic State group released a new sickening video that appears to show the moment a boy executed a captive by shooting him point-blank, a terrorism monitoring group reported.

In the video, the victim, wearing the orange jumpsuit that has become a hallmark of the terrorist group’s productions, kneels on the ground as he awaits execution.

According to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist activities, the al-Jazeera Province of the Islamic State in northern Iraq (unrelated to the media network with the same name) issued both still photos and a video showing the gruesome scene.

Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group that tracks the Islamic State group’s human rights abuses, said the man was executed on “charges of working for the coalition” fighting Islamic State rebels.

The jihadist group has released a number of videos highlighting its training of boys — referred to as "cubs of the caliphate" — into terrorists.

In May, it released a video purporting to show a teenage boy executing a man accused of being a spy.

Particularly disturbing images released last month showed another boy contributing to the Tikrit massacre last summer by serving as a shooter on the edge of the Tigris River, into which those killed were pushed.

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