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Col. Derek Harvey: ISIS Constantly Escalating Shock Value

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 11:25 AM

An Islamic State video of a young boy executing a man accused of being an Israeli spy is illustrative of the radical jihadists' efforts to increase shock value, senior intelligence officer Col. Derek Harvey said Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

On the graphic video, an Israeli Arab is seen confessing to spying for Israeli intelligence service Mossad. The Jerusalem Post reported that the man joined the Islamic State in October after disappearing during a trip to Syria, though his family maintains the 20-year-old was murdered for trying to leave the group.

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After the victim confesses, the video shows him being escorted to a field and executed by a boy with a bullet to the forehead. The boy, described by an older, French-speaking fighter standing alongside him as one of the "cubs of the caliphate," then fires several more rounds into the victim's body.

"Clearly, they've highlighted the use of young children and they're trying to develop young warriors from the very useful ages of 8- to 12- and 13-years-old and they are indoctrinating them," Harvey, a retired Army colonel, said.

"This symbolizes an important element for the Islamic State. In particular, they've used two kids in videos to kill what they called spies. We don't know in either case whether they really were spies, but they've highlighted two foreign enemies, both Israel and Russia, in doing so in each case."

The group is trying to use young people to "galvanize and mobilize a segment of their support base," he continued.

"It's very disturbing to us, but there are people that respond to this. We see it very well in how they're leveraging social media and the responses they've been getting."

Material from Newsmax writer Melanie Batley was used in this report.

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