In a new low even, for Islamic State, the terrorist organisation is using newborn babies for propaganda.
A chilling images depicts a baby sleeping silently, flanked by a handgun and a grenade. The baby is swaddled in blankets bearing the symbol of the terror group.
The image, which has yet to be verified, was reportedly re-posted on Twitter by an anti-ISIS activist in Syria with the message: “What will happen with this child?”
Abu Mohammed, an administrator for Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RIBSS), believes the image is the latest example of how children are being forced by their extremist Jihadi parents to pose next to weapons. It’s a shocking symbol of the stark future their parents have already mapped out for them at birth, and a warning to the West of the threat these children will pose to future generations.
The image comes days after another RIBSS activist posted a picture of a baby sleeping soundly beside a grenade, a handgun and what appears to be a birth certificate. Posted by Abu Ward Al-Raqqawi, a self-proclaimed ‘founder of the Syrian revolution’, the photo comes with the warning: “This child will be risk to you not just to us.”
The newborn child is identified as ‘Jrah’. The certificate next to the baby is an ‘ISIS issued ID for a child.’
Australian National University terrorism expert Dr Clarke Jones told Daily Mail Australia the image appears to be authentic.
“By showing the birth certificate, and the fact that the group are indoctrinating babies, I think ISIS is indicating they will be around for a long time. It’s an interesting signal of life within the caliphate. Obviously by posting opposition to the Islamic State from within their borders the activist is operating with great risk.”
Last September, an image was released by the group of a baby dressed as a fighter, lying on an Islamic state flag next to grenades and automatic firearms.
In August, Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf posted the harrowing image of his seven-year-old son holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier with the caption: “That’s my boy!”
The images are similar to the earlierISIS propaganda which featured boys as young as five in training camps, wielding weapons and using dolls to imitate the brutal actions of IS executioners.
The group have been using online propaganda to disseminate their messages to youth around the world via thousands of social media accounts managed by supporters of the terror group.
As part of their campaign, the terror group often recruits and trains children for its insurgence and are focused on radicalising the next generation of jihadis. The children are groomed by their own parents who indoctrinate them from a very young age.
The UN commented that the terror group “prioritises children as a vehicle for ensuring long-term loyalty, adherence to their ideology and a cadre of devoted fighters that will see violence as a way of life.”
In October, IS announced one of its youngest fighters, a 10-year-old boy, was killed along with his father in Syria.
The terror group hailed the boy as IS’ youngest martyr.
SOURCE: Article By Priya Joshi