Militant groups using children for combat is nothing new, but ISIS has committed the war crime in a much broader fashion than groups in the past. Video provided by Newsy Newslook
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday that
purports to show the killing of a Palestinian man accused of being a spy
for Israeli intelligence.
In the 13-minute video posted online, a
militant and a boy dressed in camouflage stand behind a man in an
orange jumpsuit kneeling on the ground. The fighter makes a brief
statement in French accusing the man of working for the Mossad before
the boy steps forward and shoots the captive, identified as Mohamed Said
Ismail Musalam, in the head.
The Associated Press could not
independently verify the video, but it was released by the ISIL group's
Furqan media arm and corresponds to previous ISIL videos.
Israeli Foreign Ministry declined comment. Israel's Shin Bet internal
security agency said that it announced earlier this year that Musalam
had left for Turkey to fight with ISIL.
The Islamic State group
last month published a purported interview with Musalam in the
militants' online magazine. The man in the magazine's photos looks like
the man killed in the video.
Musalam's father, Said, told the
Associated Press shortly after the video's release that he had not seen
it yet. But he said his 19-year-old son left for Syria four months ago
without telling his family.
Musalam later told his brother that he
was going to fight with ISIL. He eventually contacted the family online
from the extremists' de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria and
said he wanted to return home, his father said.
"I saw him with a
long beard and long hair and a Kalashnikov," his father said. "He told
me, 'Look dad, I am fed up here, it is a country of war, and I want to
More than a month ago, the family received a call
from an unidentified person who said Musalam had fled ISIL, was caught
at a Turkish checkpoint, and was put in ISIL jail.
"They did not
want to let him leave because if he comes back, he might be caught by
the Israelis and tell them what he had seen. So they wanted to get rid
of him," the father said. "I know my son. I raised him well. I am sure
he's not working for the Mossad."