ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – In a recent propaganda video released by the Islamic State (IS), an American boy sent a grueling message to President of the United States Donald Trump.
The video, obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), shows a 10-year-old boy claiming to have traveled from the US to Syria two years ago with his mother.
The boy is identified as an American citizen named “Yusuf” and claims he is the son of a US service member who deployed to Iraq in the video.
The 10-year-old boy, staring straight into the camera, delivers a warning to President Trump regarding the war against IS in Syria and Iraq.
“The battle is not going to end in Raqqa or Mosul. It’s going to end in your lands,” the boy says referring to the militant group’s de facto capitals in Syria and Iraq respectively.
“My message to Trump…we will have victory. Get ready, for the fighting has just begun,” Yusuf warns.
The video also shows the American boy with a male companion, identified as 7-year-old Abdallah, a Yezidi (Ezidi) boy kidnapped by IS militants from Sinjar (Shingal) in northern Iraq.
The two boys play together inside a home, walk among the rubble in the area, and even learn how to fire a sniper rifle.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Wednesday said she couldn’t confirm the identity of the boy, adding the video was “sick.”
“It’s depraved,” she added. “It’s another example of how wrong and evil [IS] is.”
The extremist group does not only use children as propaganda vessels but trains them for combat as well.
According to experts, IS uses nearly two dozen children a month in their military operations, including as suicide bombers.
Watch the full video below.
Editing by G.H. Renaud