Kid Mimics James Foley Beheading Still
By Athena Yenko | August 25, 2014 5:31 PM EST
A kid re-enacted stills from James Foleys beheading video complete with costume and props.
In one photo, the kid was wearing a black mask and dressed in black to that of Foley's alleged beheader. He is holding a doll by its blond hair in one hand and a knife with the other hand. The photo has ISIS' famous black flag at the back ground.
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A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be U.S. journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. Islamic State insurgents released the video on August 19, 2014 purportedly showing the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on U.S. action in Iraq. The video, titled "A Message to America," was released a day after Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large parts of Iraq, threatened to attack Americans "in any place." U.S. officials said they were working to determine its authenticity.
In the second photo, the doll had its head already decapitated placed on its body lying on the floor.
"Teach your children to cut necks, tomorrow there will be a lot of rotten heads," a terrifying message that comes with the account reads.
Professor Nicholas O'Shaughnessy, author of Politics and Propaganda, said that the new photos are invoking the idea of contaminating the innocence of children. But as it is, the photo is one among many ways of exploiting the original death imagery in a new, creative and utterly foul manner.
"The interesting question is why. This practice is so deeply alientating and it is founded in a belief in the supreme effectiveness of the fear appeal, forgetting of course that there are stronger motives than fear. Anger, for example, assassinates every other emotion and all ISIS are really doing is arousing universal rage against them such that we no longer see ISIS as human, but monsters to be slain, or cockroaches to be stamped on," O'Shaughnessy said.
ISIS is known to have been radicalising children to fight with them.
Early this month, graphic images of a father and son posing with decapitated soldiers' head had also been posted on Twitter.
The photos were posted by Australian jihadist and Australia's most wanted terrorist, Khaled Sharrouf.
Shiraz Maher, an academic and senior fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College, London had also posted the picture of a 13 year-old Belgian boy who is currently fighting with the ISIS.
"One of the youngest foreign fighters we know of Younes Abaaoud, who was 13 when he left Belgium to join Isis," Maher posted.
In the photo, Abaaoud was holding an AK-47 in his left hand and pointing to the sky with his right forefinger - a gesture commonly seen from ISIS members.
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