Islamic State uses a child to execute alleged Russian spies


The Kazakh child can be seen standing behind the two captives just prior to killing them.

In a new video released by the Islamic State’s al Hayat Media Center, the terrorist group features two men, one Kazakh and one Russian, who are accused by the group of spying on behalf of Russia.

The video first features Mamayev Jambulat, a Kazakh national, who says he was sent by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) to spy on Russian-speaking militants in the Islamic State. He claims to have been paid by Russia in return for his spying. Jambulat says he was told to focus on a figure within the Islamic State, but the jihadist’s name is omitted from the video.

The second man, who is likely a Russian national, makes similar claims of spying on behalf of the FSB. The man says he was a “Muslim before, but then I handed over my brothers,” which indicates he might have initially gone to Syria to fight, according to Joanna Paraszczcuk at Radio Free Liberty’s Under the Black Flag.

After the two captive men speak to the camera about the Islamic State’s charges against them, the video shifts to a bearded man standing next to a young boy behind the kneelng captives. The older man makes a short speech before the child shoots the captives in the head. The boy, who was previously featured in an Islamic State video, is an ethnic Kazakh.

In the previous video, which was released in November, a training camp for Kazakh recruits and their children was showcased by the Islamic State. Although the first half of the video focused on the adults, the second half of the video showed Kazakh children being taught Arabic, as well as physical and military training. At the end of the video, the same boy featured in the most recent Islamic State production proclaims: “We’re going to kill you, O kuffar [unbelievers]. Insha’allah [God-willing], we will slaughter you.”

Caleb Weiss is an editor of FDD's Long War Journal and a senior analyst at the Bridgeway Foundation, where he focuses on the spread of the Islamic State in Central Africa.

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  • turk says:

    savage b*stards teaching the young amongst them their carcinogenic philosophy, based on their radical & violent interpretation of islam. So they seek to perpetuate their way of murder. wunderbar.

  • Gregory Allen Leeds AAS, DSP. says:

    This mirrors the use of children in the Pakistani Tribal Territories that are used to behead captives and the use of children world wide to become human trafficked (mercenaries) that are easier to manipulate and completely blameless when captured because of the Child Soldier statutes in international war crimes tribunal’s. Why doesn’t INTERPOL use their leverage to charge the trainers of such children with the crimes already on the boards with specific intent and put a premium for prosecuting these individual’s. Then let the social service elements help re-integrate these children to productive status while showing the manipulators of such children world wide that this will not be tolerated. Organized Criminal groups and street gangs often use such tactics and should also be targeted with law enforcement, military and the intelligence organizations with help from the social service sector to take these children away from the conflict zone. Many problems from the death of these children and others that are non-combatants continue to fill the schedules of social and human services professionals well after the conflicts have stopped decades earlier.

  • Birbal Dhar says:

    After reading Joanna’s article about the video, I believe that these two executed men were islamic fighters, who got on the wrong end of ISIS and the terrorist group decided to finish them off by filming them and fabricating a story that they were FSB agents.

  • m3fd2002 says:

    Nothing new. This is the MO of many militias throughout the world (Cambodia, Sudan, Liberia, El Salvador etc.) seen in civil wars. Those kids are very dangerous people. No empathy what so ever.


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