A disturbing video out of Syria features a four-year-old “Mujahid” child soldier shooting an AK-47, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) and vowing to slaughter the infidels.
In the video, released late last month, the preschool age boy demonstrates his ability to hold and shoot an assault rifle, before warning “infidels” they are ‘going to be “slaughtered,” while pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), also known as al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.
However, recently the central leadership of al-Qaeda sharply renounced ties with the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS’s savagery and draconian interpretations of Islamic law has alienated many Syrians and drove a wedge between rebel groups.
When the young boy is asked what he would like to say to the infidels, he says: “Oh infidels, we will slaughter you.”
Reports indicate the boy is from Uzbekistan, and is one of many foreign Islamic extremists waging Jihad in Syria.
The shocking footage is a potent reminder of the bloody sectarian conflict that continues to devastate the country of Syria, and the role religious indoctrination plays in the ongoing tragedy.