Islamic State militants have for the first time forced a young boy to behead savagely a Syrian regime army officer who was held hostage.
Jihadists release sickening photos of 10-yr-old boy savagely beheading prisoner
ISIS have increasingly used young boys in their gruesome executions, with some children no older than 12 being forced to shoot the terror group's opponents at point blank range
The shocking murder according to Daily Mail, is believed to have taken place at the Western Hir Palace in the province of Homs after the soldier was captured by jihadis at the nearby Al-Bosayri army checkpoint.
The unnamed officer is believed to have been a regime leader in the ancient city of Palmyra, which ISIS captured in May and have since set about about systematically destroying as they believe the city's several millennia-old buildings and monuments distract from the worship of God.
Reports say ISIS have increasingly used young boys in their gruesome executions, with some children no older than 12 being forced to shoot the terror group's opponents at point blank range.
However, using a child to carry out a brutal beheading with a knife is a sickening new low for ISIS.
It was gathered that a video of the incident has been shared by ISIS supporters on social media and shows a child no older than 10 years of age, carrying out the brutal beheading.
Wearing camouflage and a black headdress, the boy's face is uncovered - revealing a chilling dead-eyed stare that offers a glimpse of the evil he has witnessed carried out by ISIS' killers.
The regime soldier is seen being forced to lay on his stomach as the young boy approaches him from behind, pulls his head back by the hair, and uses a small knife to slit the man's throat and set about beheading him.
In a moment of true horror the child then lifts the victim's severed head in a warped celebration of the brutal murder. He then places the head on the victim's back.
It was learnt that throughout the entire killing, a senior ISIS fighter is seen observing the shocking scene.
At the end of the video the older militant turns to the camera and makes a chilling threat to the West.
'Our goal is not only Palmyra and Homs and Damascus, rather our goal is to conquer Bayt al- Maqdes (Jerusalem) and Rome, God willing,' according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who say they were sent a copy of the video.
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