A recently published ISIS propaganda video features what appears to be a ten-year-old American boy issuing threats against President Donald Trump, who he describes as the “puppet of the jews.”
“My message to Trump, the puppet of the Jews: Allah has promised us victory and promised you defeat,” the boy says in the video. “This battle is not going to end in Raqqa or Mosul; it’s going to end in your lands. By the will of Allah, we will have victory, so get ready for the fighting has just begun.”
The boy identifies himself as “Yusuf,” the son of an American soldier who deployed to Iraq. He says he immigrated to Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State, with his mother two years earlier. The boy speaks Americanized English for the majority of the video but recites a number of Arabic phrases in a convincing Levantine accent.
The video has not been officially verified but its authenticity is currently being investigated by the extremism research organization Site Intel Group.
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) August 23, 2017
The video shows Yusuf, who seems to be reading from a script, as a happy child playing with his 7-year-old friend Abdullah. The videographers juxtapose that picture of childlike amusement with footage of the pair loading AK-47s and receiving instruction in the use of a sniper rifle.
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