ISIS execution video shows 4-year-old 'Jihadi Junior' blowing up 'British spies'

By admin
11 February 2016

It's only when you look past the curly hair that you realise that the bandana tied around his head is actually the infamous black and white Islamic State (ISIS) flag.

At first glance, you'd think he was just like any other chubby-cheeked four year old. It's only when you look past the thick locks of dark hair curling around his face that you realise the bandana tied around his head is actually the infamous black and white Islamic State (ISIS) flag.

The little boy is Isa Dare or 'Jihadi Junior'. He has come under the spotlight after featuring in a recently surfaced ISIS execution video. The graphic clip shows the young boy pressing a button that goes on to blow up a car with alleged British spies inside it. Before he detonates the bomb, the young boy is seen standing next to a masked Jihadi. "David Cameron, you sent your spies to Syria and and when you authorized your men, thousands of miles away to push a button to kill our brothers who lived in the west," proclaims the masked Jihadi. "So today we're going to kill your spies, the same way they helped you kill our brothers."

Following suit, Jihadi Junior addresses the camera, announcing that “we are going to kill the kuffars [non-believers] over there”.

After the bomb detonates, the four-year-old is then seen standing besides the car's incinerated remains and shouting "Allahu akbar," which means "God is great" in Arabic.

Who is Jihadi Junior?

Although his identification has not been confirmed by authorities, Jihadi Junior is believed to be the son of British-born jihadi bride Grace “Khadija” Dare. Khadija, who's originally from South East London, left her home country for the Middle East where she married Swedish Islamic State fighter Abu Bakr in 2012. Her husband has since been killed. These claims have been recently supported by a British man who says he is Jihadi Junior's grandfather. “He’s my grandson,” Sunday Dare told Britain’s Channel 4. “I can’t disown him. He’s my grandson. I know him very well.”

Sunday (59), said he broke down when he saw what they made his grandson do in the execution video.

“He doesn’t know anything,

“He’s a small boy. They are just using him as a shield,” he said, adding that his grandson Of his grandson "doesn’t like it over there.”

The distraught grandfather, who's a Christian migrant from Nigeria, says that 24-year-old Grace started taking an interest in the extremist group while she was still at college in London.

After she swore allegiance to the Islamic State in 2012, she posted pictures of a young Isa carrying an AK-47 rifle, and also expressed a desire to become the first woman to behead a prisoner.

“She’s going to come back and face the music because she has let herself down,” said Sunday. Jihadi Junior is not the only child who's been recruited by the Islamic State. Last year, an extremist from Australia took to Twitter to share a photo of a seven-year-old boy, holding a severed head in Syria. “That’s my boy!” the photo’s caption said. A 2014 report by the advocate group Human Rights Watch revealed that children in war zones were drawn to the "allure" of the extremist group.

"When [the Islamic State] came to my town… I liked what they are wearing, they were like one herd,” one child explained to the group.

“They had a lot of weapons. So I spoke to them, and decided to go to their training camp.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the execution video soon after it surfaced online.

“Well, it’s desperate stuff from an organisation that really does do the most utterly despicable and ghastly acts,” he told the BBC.

“… This is an organization that is losing territory. It’s losing ground.”

Frequently asked questions

Why does the Islamic State have more than one name?

The group refers to itself as the Islamic State. However, it is known by several names in the west. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS is the most popular, while it is also known Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. In the East, opponents of the group refer to it as Daesh, a contemptuous term which is also an abbreviation for Dawlat al-Islamiyah f'al-Iraq wa al-Sham. This term was adopted by the French government following the 2015 Paris attacks.

What are its goals?

To create a worldwide caliphate or religious government with nor borders.

Where does its funding come from?

According to reports, the Islamic State get its funding from selling oil in the black market. They also get money from ransoms and foreign supporters.

What terror attacks has it carried out?

The extremist group has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, the explosion of a plane travelling from Egypt to Russia, and the execution of Western hostages, including James Foley and Alan Henning.

Sources: telegraph.co.uk, washingtonpost.com, nydailynews.com, mirror.co.uk, wrmea.org, independent.ie

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