Chilling picture posted online shows an infant lying on an ISIS flag next to a Kalashnikov rifle and several grenades, believed to have been posted by Islamic State terrorists fighting in Syria and Iraq as part of their online propaganda campaign.
UK Daily Mail It shows the child – who appears to be less than six months old – lying on its back on the black flag now associated with the group terrorising the Middle East. Where other babies its age might have soft toys scattered around them, the child has been cynically positioned next to a Kalashnikov rifle, a pistol and hand grenades.
The baby in the image – which was posted on Twitter beneath the hashtag #IS – is believed to be youngest child yet used as part of the group’s social media campaign. The photo caused a furious backlash online, with one user accusing the organization of using ‘babies as weapons to kill the innocent’.
The picture is the latest in a series of shocking images which raise fears that a generation of children in the region are being radicalized from a very young age.
Last month, terrorist Khaled Sharrouf posted a Twitter image of his son, believed to be age seven, gripping the severed head of a Syrian soldier. His father, a suspected war criminal, posted the photo alongside the caption: ‘That’s my boy!’.
Another photo posted by Sharrouf shows him posing with his three young sons dressed in identical camouflage fatigues and wielding machine guns.
Earlier this week, disturbing footage emerged of a masked child firing an AK47 assault rifle while shouting Islamic slogans in Syria. They show a young boy, who appears to be no older than six-years-old, being instructed to fire the weapon by an man who then praises him and encourages him to join in religious chanting.