WARNING: There are some images of purported atrocities against children at the end of this article. They are extremely graphic. Please exercise extreme caution.
A video leaked from Iraq shows Iranian-backed militia members slapping an 11-year-old prisoner around then abruptly ending his life with a hail of bullets to the head, according to a report.
The video was posted on the Shoebat.com website, which said the execution was filmed in Divala province in Iraq.
Editor's caution: The video is extremely graphic but is available on the Shoebat.com website.
Posted by Walid Shoebat, a onetime Muslim terror-team member turned Christian, it shows the child in handcuffs while surrounded by "Iranian-backed Iraqi fighters," who then execute him.
Explained Shoebat, "What the Obama administration did when he pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq was to replace them with militias who are providing the essential service; a plethora of new and old pro-Iranian Shiite militias that are dominating the battlefields in Iraq and Syria, which raises concerns about the growing Iranian influence.
"The growth of these groups – known as popular mobilization units – poses a conundrum for the Obama administration. These are Iran-backed groups who are providing most of the 'boots on the ground' that are pushing back ISIS forces from key areas near Baghdad, including Diyala province."
He said the Iraqi government is so vulnerable at this point that it has little choice but to turn to Iran which, unlike the U.S., has people on the front lines in Iraq.
He explained: "Iran began organizing new militias, known as 'special groups,' such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq (the League of the Righteous), which has attacked U.S. forces in the past. Now these are supposedly our 'allies.' When the United States ended its combat mission in Iraq in 2009, militia leaders who had been jailed or blacklisted were freed and 'rehabilitated' and some are now prominent in the fight against ISIS."
The video shows the boy being slapped around and grabbed, then the terrorists start moving away from him until he is sitting alone next to a concrete wall. Then the sound of a single shot reverberates. and the child falls, and in seconds more shots follow.
In January, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin compared the atrocities of ISIS to the Nazi genocide, declaring the world must "fight without mercy" the jihadist army.
He warned: "Islam encompasses, under its enormous wings, victims of persecution and of terrorism, while at the same time it also serves as the banner of the attackers. The victims consist of hundreds of thousands of Muslim men and women, together with Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and Druze, each one of them a helpless victim of vicious barbarity, of wicked terrorism that has nothing at all to do with the religion or with the words of the prophet. It is our duty and our responsibility to fight without mercy against the attackers; just as it is our duty and our responsibility to protect all the victims."
It's not the first time the slaughter of children has been documented.
WND reported in 2014 of the availability of images online of the violence done against children by ISIS.
One report came from the Anglican Communion News Service, which said the 5-year-old son of a founder of Baghdad's Anglican church was "cut in half during an attack by the Islamic State."
The report cited an emotional Canon Andrew White, chaplain of St George's Anglican Church in Baghdad.
"I'm almost in tears because I've just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half," he said. “I baptized his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me – he was called Andrew."
The report said it happened in the Christian village of Qaraqosh after Kurdish forces left and Islamic State fighters arrived.
A Catholic.org report quoted a source, Mark Arabo, a Chaldean-American businessman, confirming the beheading of children by ISIS fighters, who then "put their heads on a stick and have them in the park."
"The world hasn't seen this kind of atrocity in generations," he told CNN.
The report, which included images, said the terrorists "who have invaded Mosul and other ancient Christian communities in Syria and Iraq have made music videos of themselves murdering civilians and captured soldiers."
"They are literally enjoying the act of killing and the fear and suffering experienced by others. This sadism may be the purest manifestation of evil witnessed since the Rape of Nanking during World War II."
Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, has evaluated many of the reports and finds them "completely consistent with who these guys are."
"They're absolute barbarians. We're at a loss of words to describe who these guys are," he said at the time.
He cautioned, nevertheless, that news agencies and readers always should be a little skeptical of random images posted online, because there's likely an element of propaganda in such disputes.
Some of the recent images appear that they may have been staged, he said. But others appear genuine.
The Anglican report quoted Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
"The horrific events in Iraq rightly call our attention and sorrow yet again. Christians and other religious minorities are being killed and face terrible suffering," he said.
"What we are seeing in Iraq violates brutally people's right to freedom of religion and belief, as set out under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is extremely important that aid efforts are supported and that those who have been displaced are able to find safety. I believe that, like France, the United Kingdom's doors should be open to refugees, as they have been throughout history."
The Catholic.org report, which included multiple images, said ISIS terrorists "have begun their promised killing of Christians in Mosul, and they have started with the children."
"Several images have emerged of Christian children beheaded by ISIS, merely for being Christian," the report said.
The report said the Muslim fighters crucified victims "because to them crucifixion is especially humiliating due to its Christian implications."
The images show children lying in rocky fields where they died, a woman whose throat was cut and the decapitated bodies of children.
A Gospel Coalition "Factchecker" warned one of the images goes back to 2013 when it was claimed she was a Muslim Syrian girl named Fatima Meghlaj who was decapitated when Syrian forces shelled her home.
"ISIS is an organization that has committed heinous acts of violence and violated the human rights of many of our fellow believers," the organization said in 2014. "But we must not partake in the spreading of lies, even if it is against our enemies."
The report continued: "While it is possible that children are being beheaded by ISIS in Iraq, there is currently no credible evidence to support that claim. We should pray this report turn[s] out to be just rumor and that whatever other crimes are being committed, that God is sparing the children of Iraq from 'systematic beheading.'"
Bishop Julian Dobbs of Barnabas Aid told WND he's heard multiple accounts of "atrocities against all Christians, adult and children."
"This is a disaster of almost unparalleled proportions for Christians," he said.
The Catholic.org report at the time said the images and videos are made and distributed "to intimidate others." One showed blood gushing from a woman whose throat was slit. Another was of a "distraught father in Syria" holding the body of his decapitated daughter, who was executed because she was of a Christian family.
WARNING: Following are extremely graphic images, purportedly of atrocities against children by jihadist fighters. Please exercise extreme caution.