The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) forced a “Cub of a Caliphate,” the nickname for their child soldiers, to behead an abducted Syrian soldier. They released the video as Ramadan comes to an end.
ISIS captured the Syrian soldier in the ancient city of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the media the execution did take place at the UNESCO Heritage World Site. The soldier speaks to the camera before the video cuts away to the man on his stomach with his hands bound behind his back.
The boy, clad in camouflage with a black headdress, masks his face in a blank stare. No emotion, even when he bends over and chops off the man’s head. After the task, he holds the head over the bend and looks at the camera with glaring eyes.
One of the older terrorists then addresses the camera before it fades out.
“Our goal is not only Palmyra nor Homs or Damascus but our goal is to conquer Bayt al- Maqdes (Jerusalem) and Rome, God willing,” he announced.
The boy’s evil stare did not go unnoticed by authorities around the world. Will Geddes, the founder of threat management firm International Corporate Protection, believes this is not the first time the boy killed and the terrorists probably drugged him.
“It looks pretty obvious he’s done it before and he’s probably been dosed up on something,” he explained. “He doesn’t look like he’s taken a depressant, it’s probably cocaine or an amphetamine. His pupils are completely dilated and he has a thousand-yard stare. He looks like he’s been wound up to do what he’s about to do.”
It is also not the first time ISIS has threatened Rome. Another terrorist made that same declaration when ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on the beaches of Libya in February. A man said the group will continue its rampage across the world, even to Rome.
“And we will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission, the promise of our Prophet, peace be upon him,” exclaimed the man after they murdered the Christians.
In March, the Vatican did confirm threats against the Pope.
“The threat exists. This is what has emerged from my conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues,” explained Domenico Giani, inspector general of the Corpo della Gendarmeria. “At the moment, I can say that we know of no plan for an attack against the Vatican or the Holy Father.”