The Islamic State has released a new propaganda video featuring an American boy who speaks directly to President Trump, calling him “the puppet of the Jews” and warns that “this battle will not end in Raqqa or Mosul;” it will end in the United States.
In the video, entitled The Fertile Nation 4, the young boy, identifying himself as 10-year-old “Yusuf,” says he made hijrah, or pilgrimage, to the Caliphate from America, “the land of the Kuffar (nonbeliever)” along with his mother two years ago. He is now in Raqqa, he says.
According to Yusuf, his father is an American soldier who served in Iraq, and without any knowledge about Islam, he began to learn once he reached the Islamic State.
He roots his threats to President Trump and the American people on an “Allah” who has “promised victory and not defeat,” and ends with “so get ready because the fighting has just begun.”
“We will remain until the day of judgement,” his 7-year-old ‘comrade’ says in the video, as an instructor shows them how to adjust the lens on viewfinder mounted on top of a gun.
In the past, the Islamic State has frequently called upon its native English speakers from England, Australia, South Africa and the U.S. to deliver stern warnings in its videos in English and to demonstrate the interest of Western supporter to the jihadi cause.
Also typical of previous ISIS videos, Yusuf again mentions U.S. culpability in the bombing Raqqa with “all kind of bombs including phosphorus shells.”
He introduces a friend, “Abdullah from Sinjar,” a 7-year-old who says he is a Yazidi who was abducted by ISIS when they captured Sinjar. He continues that he lives with Yusuf and is now learning about Islam.
“Islam is what unites Yusuf and I together” he says, with subsequent video footage of the two boys walking in a Raqqa playground followed by showing homes that they allege were targeted by the U.S.-led coalition.
The Yazidis were seized by the Islamic State when they stormed the predominantly Yazidi town of Sinjar in August 2014, killing as many as 5000 Yazidi men in what has since become known as the Sinjar Massacre.
In February, The Foreign Desk revealed the first confirmed cases of ISIS using kidnapped Yazidi children in its so-called “Cubs of the Caliphate” children’s army.