A viral Twitter video shared by Barzan Sadiq of Kurdistan24 alleges to show Iraqi Army soldiers outside of Mosul torturing then executing an Islamic State child soldier.
The video was shared on a subreddit for the Syrian Civil War where it quickly shot to the top of the bullet board website. Commenters explained that sectarian violence like this is why there will never be peace between Sunnis and Shias in the Middle East. Many have called for the Iraqi government to identify these men and to put them on trial for the murder of the boy.
ISIS is a Sunni Islamist extremist organization. While nearly all of the extremist organizations in Iraq are Sunni, the Iraqi government is run by majority Shia, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Fuad Masum is the Sunni President but is Kurdish. The Kurdish Peshmerga are also currently fighting the Islamic State.
Last month the American coalition, consisting of the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shia militias, Christian militias, and the Turkish Nineveh Guard, descended upon Mosul to free it from the Islamic State. The official operation began on October 17 when it was announced by al-Abadi.
CNN reports that there are about 5,000 ISIS militants in Mosul facing nearly 109,000 troops.
Recent ISIS photo reports show an increase in their use of boy soldiers as older militants are killed. Rudaw reports that in the operation to retake Mosul, at least 300 Syrian children brought in to help defend the Iraqi city have been killed by coalition forces. A recent photo report shows these dead, militant children.
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