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A 10-year-old boy sights a rifle in an ISIS propaganda video

New ISIS video allegedly features the son of an American veteran


The Islamic State's latest propaganda video, released on Wednesday, features a 10-year-old boy who is allegedly the son of an Iraq war veteran.

The boy, who goes by the name Yusuf, claimed to have immigrated to ISIS's so-called caliphate two years ago, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. Yusuf describes his experience living in ISIS territory, and threatens the U.S.

"My message to Trump, the puppet of the Jews, Allah has promised us victory and promised you defeat," said Yusuf. "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."

ISIS propaganda boy
A boy prepares to train on a rifle with an ISIS fighter

Unlike previous propaganda, the latest video featured little violence. Instead, Yusuf and his friend, Abdallah, are featured in scenes around Raqqa, Syria, the terrorist group's de facto capital.

Yusuf did not identify his parents in the video, only mentioning that he is the son of a U.S. veteran "who fought the mujahideen in Iraq."

The boy described the bombing campaigns against ISIS in Raqqa, claiming coalition forces bombed a mosque. He assured viewers that he and other ISIS followers do not fear the strikes.

"We are not scared of their planes, because we know they don't fly except by the rule of Allah," said Yusuf.

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A boy in an ISIS video loads a magazine

The seven minute video ends with a scene of Yusuf and his friend loading magazines and training with a sniper rifle.

"Do you think we're going to leave? Do you think that we'll be finished?" said Yusuf. "Never! We will remain until the Day of Judgment with Allah's permission."

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have been engaged in a siege against Raqqa since early June. They have retaken nearly half of the city, according to Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition, though they still face "stiff sporadic resistance."

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