ISIS has published a video in which a child belonging to the organisation executes Mohammed Tabsho, who was a leading figure of the “Levantine Front”, a coalition of the armed opposition which opposes both the Asad regime and ISIS.
ISIS had announced its execution of Tabsho in October 2015. One of its media sources also published a written interview with him on 29/12/2015.
The video showed a black child holding a knife whilst standing behind Mohammed Tabsho who is wearing orange clothes. In the English language, the child stated that “ISIS will kill all soldiers funded and armed by the USA, and you will not be able to avoid falling onto the earth”. Following this statement, he killed Mohammed Tabsho with the knife.
On 9/10/2015, the Levantine Front announced on its facebook page that Mohammed Tabsho, the Imam and preacher of Tal Quraah mosque, and the vice president of the Shariah Faculty of the Levantine Front in Tal Quraah (rural Aleppo) was killed after ISIS raided the village. The page mentioned that the military leaders in the village withdrew and asked the sheikh to do so as well, however he demanded that whoever wants to withdrew should give him their weapons and that he will not withdraw: “and the sheikh continued, steadfast and patient, resisting the murderers with whatever weapons he had, until his ammunition came to an end and he was martyred”.
However, the above information reveals that Tabsho was abducted by ISIS, and executed in the manner shown in the video.
ISIS has repeatedly used children in carrying out executions.