The Islamic State (Isis) has come out with a new shocking video featuring a child militant sending a pointed threat at US President Barack Obama. The young boy, who appears to be around 10 years old calls the president 'Dog of Rome Obama' as he clutches a rocket-propelled grenade in his small hand.
Dressed in army fatigues, the child jihadi tells Obama that American armed forces will never be able to enter land controlled by IS. He warns: "Wake up from your sleep and pay the jiz'yah (religious tax) in submission before the swords of the khalifah (caliphate) reach you and cut your filthy head."
According to the Daily Mail, the child makes several references to the US-led coalition that is striking IS-controlled territories in Syria and Iraq. "If you think your soldiers will enter the land of the khalifah and pollute it with their filth, then you're dreaming," the boy says.
The short propaganda video ends with a shot of a motorboat sailing through water, which could reference the trip across the Atlantic to reach the US or the rising concern of IS militant infiltrating refugee groups and making their way to Europe. Opponents both in Europe and the US have claimed it would be very easy for IS fighters to slip in undetected among the millions of refugees.
The US has led a number of air strikes against IS targets in Iraq and Syria. Accordion to the Daily Mail, on 4 October, US forces struck 16 IS targets. However, the US and its allies have not been the only ones to target the terrorist group.
Russia began conducting air strikes against IS targets in Syria's northern and central provinces on 1 October. Moscow's fresh attacks have been called a cover to hit moderate opponents of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by the West.
The US State Department has even said that more than 90% of air strikes launched by Russia in Syria have not targeted IS, but instead is hitting moderate opponents and civilians. "Greater than 90 percent of the strikes that we've seen them take to date have not been against Isil (IS) or Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists," said John Kirby, State Department spokesman. "They've been largely against opposition groups that want a better future for Syria and don't want to see the Assad regime stay in power."