Isis has released a video showing a young boy beheading a Syrian soldier as it continues to abuse children for its gruesome brand of propaganda.
The boy, whose age could not be confirmed, was filmed murdering the prisoner under the watch of an older militant near the captured ancient city of Palmyra.
It was believed to be the first beheading by a child filmed by Isis, which has previously used minors to execute captives by shooting them.
The boy, named only as a “cub of the Caliphate”, is seen wearing camouflage and a black headdress with his face uncovered.
He forces the soldier, who identifies himself under duress as a captain in Bashar al-Assad’s army, to lie on his front so the child can pull his head back and cut it off with a small knife.