A small boy crawling through an obstacle course while seemingly dodging bullets is shown in a video recently released by the Islamic State.
The video clip posted on the Facebook page of an IS militant, Abu Aisha al-Kazakhi, shows a young child clad in military fatigues, struggling to pass under a barb wire obstacle course and shouting “Allah akbar,” or “Allah is the greatest.”
The clip was reportedly taken during one of the training sessions for “the Caliphate Cubs” in a training camp to prepare them as the “next generation” of IS militants. In the video, the child not older than 10 crawls like a commando while live bullets hit the dirt just a few inches around his body. Abu Aisha, in his already deleted Facebook comment, had suggested that the child in the video was his.
Abu Aisha had also posted several other video clips and photographs of his son being trained to fight like an adult IS militant. He also posted on social media about how much he wants to bring up his son to adhere to the practices of Islamic extremism.
Videos with young boys being trained to be the next IS generation have been used as a tool for propaganda. The involvement of young children shows the continuity of the IS mission in the future.
Abu Aisha is only one of the many Russian-speaking IS militants who would dress up their children as fighters as a way of showing devotion to the IS group.