The latest Daesh atrocity: child soldier cage fights
The seven-minute video shows masked children training in the middle of a steel cage. (YouTube)
ISIS (Daesh) is training its next generation of killers by locking them in a steel cage and forcing them to fight each other, harrowing new footage reveals.
The seven minute-long propaganda video released on social media shows shockingly young boys wrestling inside the giant ring, as their armed armed commander yells encouragement.
The same fanatical soldier beats them with a stick as they move through an assault course and walks across their aligned stomachs as they lay on the floor.
Other scenes show the masked boys breaking tiles with their heads, practicing bizarre acrobatic fighting moves and crawling through metal tubes as ISIS fighters fire live rounds over their heads.
The video, which is thought to show an ISIS base in Iraq, is designed to attract foreign fighters to join the group, the director of Buckingham University's Centre of Security and Intelligence Studies has told the Sunday People.
Professor Anthony Glees said: Mothers elsewhere could be vulnerable, thinking their child could be a failure in Britain – or join IS and become a warrior.'
'This is sickening glorification of the brutalisation of kids for IS. It is designed to appeal to mothers and fathers but children are also the target.'
ISIS often boasts about these vile training academies on its social media channels, referring to its young recruits as the 'cubs of the caliphate'.
It also shows them off as 'martyrs' when young recruits perish on the battlefield or in sickening suicide attacks which they are brainwashed into believing are a 'great honour'.
By Jay Akbar